Isaiah Thomas.

Isaiah Thomas is frustrated with all the money in the NBA right now

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With the salary cap in the NBA rising to astronomical levels this summer - where the floor of the cap is greater than last year's total - there is plenty of money to be made around the league.

The NBA has become the land of opportunity and free agents are bound to cash in this year. It doesn't matter if you're Kevin Durant or Wesley Johnson (nothing personal, just off the top of my head), there are record amounts to be earned in the Association.

But what about those players that signed long-term deals in the past few years? What they might have seen as security back then now looks like a missed opportunity.

The cap is at a record $94.1 million this year and is estimated to grow by a further $10 million the following season.

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The Boston Celtics might have been mysteriously clued up on the forthcoming changes, because their roster are all on team-friendly contracts.

Coming into this summer, the Celtics only had to commit to $27 million if all of their qualifying offers were accepted and the player options ignored.

Players such as Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas, each of whom signed team-friendly contracts over the last two years, earn a combined fraction under $15 million. Nick Young of the L.A. Lakers makes over $12 million.

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“It’s always in the back of your head as a player,” Thomas said last week, “and you’re seeing what guys are going to be making.

“It’s tough. But I always just put my faith in God. It is what it is. I can’t get out of my contract. That’s what it happened to be at that certain time. You’ve got to be patient and, God willing, I won’t have any major injuries. I know I’m going to play well, and my team is going to do somewhat well.”

Of course, Thomas enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term and earned himself All-Star honours after only featuring on the periphery at the Phoenix Suns before he was traded.

The 27-year-old registered a career-high 22.1 points and showed he is worth far more than the 60th pick in the 2011 draft that has acted as a chip on his shoulder ever since.

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Asked if the Celtics have approached Thomas about renewing, the point guard provided a coy response.

“No, we haven’t talked about it,” Thomas said of Celtics management. “I’m sure they’re fine with where it’s at right now. To them, it doesn’t have to come up.”

He's right, why would they shell out any more money then they have to right now? Thomas has two more years on his deal and whatever he decides, he's more than likely to be in for a mega payday when that time arrives.

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