5 Small-Market Teams That Will Always Funnel Stars to Big-Market Teams

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5 Small-Market Teams That Will Always Funnel Stars to Big-Market Teams
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Parity has long been one of the NBA’s major issues. The owners of small-market teams have struggled to keep their talent around after their initial contracts expired and had serious difficulty bringing in high-profile free-agent talent.

Star players understandably love the spotlight and want to be in high-profile situations where not just a team’s fanbase, but the entire basketball community can appreciate their talents.

This has prompted players to flock to basketball havens like Los Angeles, New York and even Miami, places where team management is willing to shell out money to field a competitive roster and will spare no expense to pull in top-shelf talent.

It has also left a handful of franchises reeling as they have watched their hometown heroes skip town when the opportunity presented itself. Historically these teams have, for a myriad of reasons, simply not been able to hold on to their talent.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at five NBA teams that will always be stepping stones for players on their way to major markets.

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