There's a game played by team owners in the National Basketball Association, big league, that has created the phenom of "contract extensions" whereby the team strategists purportedly ensure the retention of certain players — those they can't afford to let go, either by making them free agents or by firing them outright for reasons than misbehaviour or crime. It just doesn't play well with the public, who are watching, and the sports journos who are watching too. In the item below, preparatory to the journo's 15 part series (mostly short items), we get one rationale for keeping or free-agenting players by selecting them out from their teams, and awarding them contract extensions to hold onto them. This has to do with the strategists estimates of what they will need in the way of experienced team-familiar players up to the period when the contract extension ends.
— Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports newspotter, analyst, columnist
Basketball 'contract extension' —
how that game is played by team owners
"Top 15 players who deserve a contract extension"
by Nick Claussen