The four biggest free agents in 2017

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The 2016 free agency period was one of the best (depending on how you view it) in NBA history. So many big names were on the market and superstars such as Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade changed franchises.

Next summer will prove to be even better. With stars such as Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry having their futures in their own hands and the likes of Andre Iguodala, Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose maybe being available, it is going to be another crazy summer.

With that in mind, here are the four biggest players who have decisions to make next July. Disclaimer: Giannis Antetokounmpo does not make the list as the Milwaukee Bucks will do everything to re-sign the restricted free agent.

Stephen Curry

It's not often a two-time MVP - including the first unanimous winner in league history - becomes available. The point guard, who became the first player to score over 400 threes in a campaign last season, reaches the end of his contract in 2017.

Having suffered from injuries in the early stages of his career, he signed a four-year, $44 million rookie scale extension in 2012. Given his incredible rise, he will soon be paid his worth with a max deal.

The Golden State Warriors are expected to tie him up after just one year of their 'superteam', but the NBA is a strange place. Never say never.

Blake Griffin

After seven years (what will be eight next season) with the L.A. Clippers, Blake Griffin could explore pastures new.

Even if he re-signs with the Clippers, it is likely he will reject the current player option in order to acquire more money, but having failed to really make a splash in the Western Conference during his stay at the Staples Center, he may decide to move on from the City of Angels.

As a five-time All-Star, there will be no shortage of interest in a player of his quality. But if the Clippers can finally put it together this season then he is likely to stay.

Kevin Durant

The biggest name of 2016 finds himself on the market again next year, well, if he wants to be. Having signed a two-year, $54.3 million deal, he has a player option for the second season.

Much is expected of the Golden State Warriors and it is incredibly likely we will see a third consecutive matchup between them and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Nobody is really expecting Durant to leave after one season, but nobody expected him to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder either.

Chris Paul

Another Clippers star who has his future in his own hands. He has an early termination in his current deal and having been in Los Angeles since 2011 could also decide on a change.

A number of the best franchises in the league already have a strong point guard, so there may be a lack of options at the right end of the league.

It is a big season for the trio of Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan - a good campaign could make the world of difference for the organisation.

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