How NBA Lottery Teams Can Make the 2013-14 Playoffs

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How NBA Lottery Teams Can Make the 2013-14 Playoffs
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The breeze of the offseason usually offers hope for NBA franchises who failed to make the postseason.

For each of the league's 14 lottery teams, solace exists through the 2013 NBA draft, free agency and potential trades.

This isn't a crystal ball for how lineups will look entering the 2013-14 season, but rather it's a window to how franchises can turn their respective luck into run at the playoffs.

Of last season's lottery teams, only the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets advanced to the postseason this year.

Which teams are capable of pushing into the 2013-14 playoffs?

Note: The new Collective Bargaining Agreement becomes stricter in 2013-14, as luxury tax payments increasing with every $5 million a team goes above the tax line. This will change the way all teams operate, including this season's lottery teams.

The cap was set at $70.307 million for the 2012-13 season and it's expected to be similar in 2013-14. All salary information used in this article is courtesy of

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