The expiring contract in the NBA isn’t quite what it used to be, largely because teams are much more hesitant to part with draft picks than they used to be. However, there are still teams that will take contracts in order to collect assets and that could happen again during the season.
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Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors listed the NBA’s 10 largest expiring deals.
- Amar’e Stoudemire, Knicks ($23.411MM)
- Rudy Gay, Kings ($19.317MM)
- LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers ($16.006MM)
- Marc Gasol, Grizzlies ($15.83MM)
- Tyson Chandler, Mavericks ($14.847MM)
- Rajon Rondo, Celtics ($12.909MM)
- Kevin Garnett, Nets ($12MM)
- Andrea Bargnani, Knicks ($11.5MM)
- DeAndre Jordan, Clippers ($11.440MM)
- Tim Duncan, Spurs ($10.361MM)
Of course some of the deals are very different.
The New York Knicks want out of both of their contracts and will almost certainly be parting ways with both Bargnani and Stoudemire. They would have liked to have already dealt both players in order to clear cap space to sign another player or two to team with forward Carmelo Anthony, who signed a five-year, $127 million deal to remain with the Knicks in the offseason. However, there isn’t much of a market for them right now.
The Boston Celtics will likely make some kind decision on Rondo before he hits free agency and one report says it “seems inevitable” he will be traded.
As for the rest of the list, the Sacramento Kings have made it clear they want to keep Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies want to re-sign Gasol and Los Angeles Clippers plan on keeping DeAndre Jordan. Both Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan could call it quits. The Brooklyn Nets may not want Garnett back anyway while the San Antonio Spurs would certainly welcome Duncan back with open arm. The Dallas Mavericks will likely take a wait-and-see approach with Chandler.
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