One of the more interesting arguments in professional sports is that of the perceived rise in production of contract-year players.
The general idea behind the contract-year player argument is that they perform at a higher level than usual the season leading into their free agency, as they are trying to convince a team to pay them an inflated salary based on their one year of, what often turns out to be, over-inflated production.
Like most ideas that are accepted as fact by the general public and sports fans, there's an element of truth to it, but the question that comes up is: Are they playing better to try and get a contract, or is the player's production a true measure of their worth.
Last season, Trevor Ariza put together the best season of his NBA career and his production far exceeded his draft position, all while chasing a big contract, which he duly received from the Houston Rockets in July (four years, $32 million).
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