Oftentimes, it is impossible to judge the decisions of an NBA front office until the season is well under way. What looks like a brilliant move in June proves to be complete folly, and a risky gamble can be the catalyst for a surprisingly successful season.
Moves like the Los Angeles Lakers bringing in veteran superstar talent or the Philadelphia 76ers bringing in a quality big man looked great in theory before the 2012-13 season tipped off, but they have proved not only to be unsuccessful but detrimental to the success of the teams involved.
The campaign is a third of the way over and this is a perfect time to reflect on the front office decisions across the league that have not gone quite as planned. Here are the costliest decisions by NBA front offices so far in 2012-13.
All statistics accurate as of January 4, 2013.