Alright, even considering that the contract-year thing is blown way out of proportion, I can't say there is absolutely NO part of it. If you have player X and player Y who are both normally just as good as each other and both struggling the same way, but one of them is due for a new contract and the other isn't, you don't think there is a tiny twinkle of thought in the contract-year player saying "I'm not just playing for this season, my performance is going to affect how teams value me in the offseason"? Even if it's tiny, it's still there IMO. The second player is of course also thinking about how they are doing, but I can't say there is absolutely no difference between the two players' mindsets. It's an extra thing that may not be important to most players but I'm sure it would affect certain personalities.
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