After a relatively uneventful 2013 trade deadline, there are a number of contending teams with glaring deficiencies that need to be addressed. Acquiring a player to do so may prove far more difficult with so few players available to NBA teams at this point in the season.
Indeed, the five teams listed here will likely find themselves seeking to address the issues that have plagued them in the 2012-13 season this summer in free agency. Contending teams facing cap issues are usually restricted to making small moves that keep them from going further into the luxury tax. That will prove to be the case with the teams in this slideshow.
The possibility of sign-and-trade deals always leaves the door open for otherwise impossible acquisitions. But teams are often hesitant to pitch in and help another NBA team get the guy they really want.
Even so, draft picks are now at a premium under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, so offers of a first round pick and an expiring contract would likely enable these teams to acquire some of the less coveted free agents.
Statistical Source: TeamRankings.com
All Stats Accurate As of Feb. 22, 2013