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7 NBA Teams Primed to Land a Star in 2013 NBA Offseason

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7 NBA Teams Primed to Land a Star in 2013 NBA Offseason
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Come July 1, 2013, at least two franchise-changing NBA players will hit the market as unrestricted free agents.

Chris Paul and Dwight Howard may end up re-signing with their respective Los Angeles franchises, but nearly one-third of the league's teams are positioned to woo them away.

For the teams that miss out on Dwight and CP3 in free agency, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, David West and Brandon Jennings remain as potential impact additions, among other big names. 

Some teams will assuredly preserve their cap space with an eye toward the summer of 2014, where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant could all reach free agency. That may turn the free-agent class of 2013 into the calm before the storm, contractually speaking.

But some teams, with nearly $30 million in potential cap space available this summer, won't have a choice other than to spend some of that money on free agents.

Based on projected cap space available, seven teams stand out as the major non-Los Angeles threats to land a star 2013 free agent.

Note: All player and team salary information comes from either Basketball-Reference or HoopsHype, unless noted otherwise. All projected cap space calculations are my own and assume a $60 million salary cap for the 2013-14 season.

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