With a frenzy of free-agent activity before deals are even allowed to be made, there is no excuse for not being a player. With teams like Miami and Oklahoma City threatening to take over the NBA, some teams are failing to keep up.
In the NBA, unless you have a legitimate chance to win a ring, you don't really matter. In any given season there will be only a handful of teams among the elite, but there are always ways you can improve.
Some teams obviously have big plans in the works precluding them from making other moves. With that being said, there is no guarantee that these moves will ever come to fruition.
The main cog holding some teams up is Dwight Howard. How can you trust that you're the team that will get him?
With the way the Howard debacle has unfolded over the last year, it seems like most teams involved in this mess will come up losers in the end.
With the big trade story out of the way, here are the teams whose start to free agency will cost them.