Largest Expiring Contracts Of 2012/13

September 6 2012 at 2:28pm CDT By Luke Adams

Prior to last year's trade deadline, we examined the largest expiring contracts of 2011/12, noting that some of those deals could be valuable chips in deadline swaps. That turned out to be the case in a handful of instances — Marcus Camby, Mehmet Okur, and Leandro Barbosa were among the players whose large expiring deals were moved. Meanwhile, some teams that held onto their expiring contracts, such as the Cavs with Antawn Jamison or the Hornets with Chris Kaman, were able to clear big chunks of cap space after the season.

With that in mind, let's take an early look at the largest expiring deals of 2012/13. These players are entering the last year of their contracts, with no team or player options available next summer. In some cases, the player's current team will simply want to re-sign him (think: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, and Chris Paul), but many of these guys could be in play at the trade deadline or could allow their teams to create significant cap space in 2013.

Here's the list of all the expiring contracts worth at least $5MM (restricted free agents marked with an asterisk):

Dwight Howard, Lakers: $19.54MM
Chris Paul, Clippers: $17.78MM
Andrew Bynum, 76ers: $16.89MM
Al Jefferson, Jazz: $15MM
Manu Ginobili, Spurs: $14.11MM
Josh Smith, Hawks: $13.2MM
Kevin Martin, Rockets: $12.44MM
Corey Maggette, Pistons: $10.92MM
Jose Calderon, Raptors: $10.56MM
Stephen Jackson, Spurs: $10.06MM
David West, Pacers: $10MM
Paul Millsap, Jazz: $8.6MM
Devin Harris, Hawks: $8.5MM
Mo Williams, Jazz: $8.5MM
Lamar Odom, Clippers: $8.2MM
Chris Kaman, Mavericks: $8MM
DeSagana Diop, Bobcats: $7.37MM
Beno Udrih, Bucks: $7.37MM
Samuel Dalembert, Bucks: $6.7MM
J.J. Redick, Magic: $6.19MM
Luke Walton, Cavaliers: $6.09MM
* James Harden, Thunder: $5.82MM
Nick Young, 76ers: $5.6MM
Jarrett Jack, Warriors: $5.4MM
* Tyreke Evans, Kings: $5.25MM
Zaza Pachulia, Hawks: $5.25MM
Kyle Korver, Hawks: $5MM
Jason Maxiell, Pistons: $5MM

Storytellers Contracts was used in the creation of this list.

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