NBA players who may exceed expectations in 2018

With the 2017 NBA free agency period wrapping up, we examined NBA players who will need strong seasons to earn big money next off-season.

Estimated Contract: ESPN’s Zach Lowe predicts he will earn around $20 million per season.

But he was reportedly unhappy with his most recent contract and he will seek much more than $8 million per season, which is what he makes on his current deal.

Estimated Contract: Based on what the team paid Joe Ingles, expect a salary potentially above $17 million per season.

A maximum deal for Nurkic would give him a deal worth 25 percent of the team’s salary cap for the next five seasons.

Estimated Contract: ESPN’s CARMELO Projections have him worth around $16 million per season.

Caldwell-Pope is “betting on himself” after signing a one-year deal with a team unlikely to bring him back after the season is over.

Estimated Contract: Expect a bit of a yearly annual rate decrease but a longer deal worth around $15 million per season.

He currently makes $3.35 million per season and although an increase to around $9 million would have been nice, it seems Barton could be worth close to double this figure if he leaves Denver.

If he plays well, he could be worth around $13 million per season.