By Brendan Murray @MurraySportTalk on June 11, 2014
Now that the NBA season has whittled itself down to just the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, many fans have shifted their gaze to the fast approaching offseason. This year's free agent pool is impressive and deep with high-profile talent. Here are five players who could be on their way to max contracts this summer.
It seems like Kyrie Irving will get his max contract, the questions now are when and from whom. After initial reports that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, the word now is that the Cavaliers will offer him a max deal. He technically is not a free agent until the 2015 offseason, but look for Cleveland to lock him up early with an extension this summer.
This one is going to come down to a team's guts. Lance Stephenson showed flashes of brilliance in the first half of this year, making a case to be put on the All-Star team, but hurt his image in the playoffs with his juvenile (not to mention ineffective) attempts to get under LeBron James' skin. Stephenson may very well have the talent to be a max player, but we'll have to see if there is a team willing to take a chance on him.
Toronto's Kyle Lowry showed that he is more than deserving of some serious coin this season, leading the Raptors to an Atlantic Division title despite the team trading away Rudy Gay. Lowry's combination of scoring and passing would make a good fit in plenty of cities, so look for him to collect on a max deal this summer.
News broke earlier this week that Eric Bledsoe will be pursuing a max contract next season, and he will more than likely get one. He’s a great point guard with explosive abilities, and can change a team’s offense overnight. Factor in his age and lack of injuries, and he’s primed to make the big bucks, even if he is a restricted free agent.
This one is all but automatic. Carmelo Anthony has said since the start of last season that he plans to opt out of his final deal with the New York Knicks and test free agency. If that statement holds true, Anthony will have his pick of the litter as the top free agent in 2014. He'll get a max deal, no question.
October 9, 2015 by Dave Daniels
The Golden State Warriors won't have Steve Kerr on the sidelines for quite some time, but Draymond Green believes his team will weather this storm. Read More
October 9, 2015 by Jared Doyle
The Miami Heat are going to need more three-point shooting if they are expecting to compete for a title. Read More
October 9, 2015 by Kareem Gantt
Julius Randle has the potential to be the new leading man for the Los Angles Lakers starting this season. Read More
October 9, 2015 by Charles Montgomery
The Houston Rockets have a chance to repeat the success of this past season and possibly do better. The addition of Ty Lawson brings a weapon to a pretty strong team, so the sky is the limit. Read More
October 9, 2015 by Trevor Lowry
October 9, 2015 by Chipper Murphy
Here are five bold predictions for the Chicago Bulls' 2015-16 season. Read More
October 9, 2015 by Frank Ewere
The Cleveland Cavaliers might have a championship-caliber team, but there are some players who have a lot to prove. Read More
The New Orleans Pelicans are a team that might be underrated for now, but that won't be the case by the end of the season. Read More