The 2011-2012 National Basketball Association season is, at present, in serious jeopardy in light of an expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement. A lot of changes are likely to infiltrate the NBA in the inevitable give-and-take between owners and players. In a time of extreme uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez and Russell Westbrook will all be restricted free agents at the end of next season.
Before I continue, the specifics of what it means to be a restricted free agent need to be explained. In summary, restricted free agents are allowed to entertain offer sheets from interested teams, but are at the mercy of their current team. The current team has seven days to match any offer sheet or come within 10 percent of the offer. A more detailed explanation of restricted free agency can be found here.
These six franchise building blocks will be in an interesting situation one year into a new CBA. All will be 24 years old and due major pay raises in a market that no team is sure about. There might be new stipulations governing free agency and team payrolls.
All this is to say that no one really knows what will happen with these young superstars and that it should not be taken for granted that their current teams will be able to re-sign them. Because of this, conversation can be reasonably had over whether these players would leave, where they would go and the reasons why.
How likely is each of these young superstars to stay with his current team?