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Leading the NBA free agency class of 2011 movement, Anthony will be one of several All-Stars going into the last year of their NBA contracts.
'Melo would be in the top 10, but the Nuggets hopefully have learned from the Cavaliers and Raptors, and will want something in exchange for their superstar.
And with Anthony's rumored desires to leave Denver, it is likely that he will be traded by season's end. So, with the prospect of being traded, 'Melo doesn't really need to prove his worth—he just needs to play basketball.
As an unrestricted free agent this coming summer, Butler will have the ability to sign with another team in the NBA if he wishes to leave Dallas.
With Butler's career probably moving slightly past his prime, he may be looking for a long-term deal to be his final home, or he may be looking for a one-year deal and try his luck with several different teams.
Either way, Butler will be out to play for his next contract this season.
Either to convince Joe Dumars that he was right in naming him a franchise player, or to convince another team that he is a worthy asset, Stuckey should be hoping to have a career year this season.
If he continues to underproduce he may have to play somewhere for a lot less money than he'd hoped for. If he produces like an emerging NBA player, then he may have a long life ahead of him in Detroit.
Another unrestricted free agent next summer, Richardson should have a great year this coming season.
With the departure of Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as the fact that he is playing for a new contract beyond 2011, fantasy owners might want to look into snagging Richardson off the board before it's too late.
Does Kirilenko wish to continue his long tenure with the Jazz? Or does he wish to play somewhere else where he can use his full potential?
Either way, somebody has to pay him. Whether it's the Jazz or another team in the NBA, Kirilenko will want them to know that he is capable of great things.