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The next big NBA free agent class: A look at when the star contracts expire

The next big NBA free agent class: A look at when the star contracts expire

NBA free agency is now marked on many sports fan's calendars due to the excitement and unpredictability it has been known to provide.

With the start of NBA free agency 2019 in the books, there is a mouth-watering list of upcoming free agents in 2020 and 2021 that will include MVPs and other top-tier talent. From James Harden and Steph Curry to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis, the NBA has the potential to be transformed once again.

Check out this list:

James Harden, Houston Rockets: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2020

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers: Restricted Free Agent - 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2021

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2021

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2021 (P.O. 2020)

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2021

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics: Restricted Free Agent - 2021

Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2022

Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2022 (P.O. 2021)

Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2022

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2022 (P.O. 2021)

Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2022

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2023 (P.O. 2022)

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2023

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: Unrestricted Free Agent - 2023

As the list suggests, star-studded free agency bonanzas will continue beyond the next couple of years.

Aging superstars like LeBron James and Blake Griffin will have decisions to make in 2023, while younger players like Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic may decide to move on from the teams that drafted them.

Buckle up. The next few years of NBA free agency will not disappoint.

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Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

When the NBA returns to action in Orlando later this month, some players will have the option to replace their last name on their jerseys with social justice statements. 

Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner will be one of those players that will be opting to do so, according to the TNT's Chris Haynes. Wagner will have 'Vote' on the back of his jersey.

The second-year player will join several other stars that will be speaking out by virtue of their jerseys. As of now, he joins Rudy Gobert, C.J. McCollum, Pat Connaughton and others who will have a social justice message on their threads. 

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) - "Equality"
CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) - 'Equality"
Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) - "Education Reform"
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers) - "Vote"
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) - "Equality"
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat) - "Equality"
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers) - "Enough"
Moe Wagner (Wizards) - "Vote

More players will likely join-in to wear these statements. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this option allowing the players to inspire change on a large platform while restarting the 2020 season. The players can continue important conversations regarding race and social injustice as opposed to basketball serving as a distraction to larger issues within the country.

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Some players are "disgruntled with the lack of options" the NBA provided, according to Haynes. There are 28 options for players to chose from, along with their regular last name. According to ESPN, here are the phrase options:

-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Names
-Vote
-I Can't Breathe
-Justice
-Peace
-Equality
-Freedom
-Enough
-Power to the People
-Justice Now
-Say Her Name
-Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)
-Liberation
-See Us
-Hear Us
-Respect Us
-Love Us
-Listen
-Listen to Us
-Stand Up
-Ally
-Anti-Racist
-I Am A Man
-Speak Up
-How Many More
-Group Economics
-Education Reform
-Mentor

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Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

After testing positive for coronavirus, Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince will not be traveling with the team to Orlando to participate in the NBA restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday evening. 

Prince is the fourth Nets player to not participate in the league's restart due to the virus -- DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Wilson Chandler are also out.

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The Nets have the most players not playing in Orlando of any team invited to the bubble if you include Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are both sitting out as they rehabilitate their injuries. 

The Nets now have four roster spots at their disposal to substitute for guys not making the trip.

Prince was one of the biggest Nets names heading to Orlando as he started 61 of 64 games for Brooklyn while averaging 12 points and six rebounds. 

The Washington Wizards are currently six games behind Brooklyn, making this news major for the home team's efforts towards the postseason. However, with Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans opting out of the restart, circumstance still slightly favors Brooklyn because of their already established lead. 

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