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2013 NBA Free Agents: Teams with the Most to Lose This Summer

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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 29, 2013

The 2013 NBA free-agency period will begin on July 1 as a number of big names and a plethora of role players are set to hit the market.

With the 2013 NBA draft in the books, all 30 teams have a much better idea of what their rosters will look like next season. With so much at stake this coming week, there are a handful of teams that are sure to miss out on a key free agent or two.

Here we'll highlight the teams with the most to lose this summer.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

No team has more to lose this summer than the Los Angeles Lakers, who looked like the team to beat before the season began after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash a year ago.

On July 1, Howard will become a free agent and according to sources via ESPN NBA insider Chris Broussard, there is "little chance" that the All-Star center will re-sign with the Lakers this offseason following a rocky first season in L.A.

According to Broussard, Howard plans to meet with Atlanta, Houston and Dallas in the coming days before making a decision about his future. 

If Howard signs elsewhere, which is looking more and more likely, the Lakers will be left with an injured Kobe Bryant and an aging Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, who both suffered numerous injuries of their own last season.

Without Howard in the lineup, the Lakers look like a lottery team out West assuming Bryant won't be back until midseason.

 

Utah Jazz

Both of the Utah Jazz's frontcourt stars will become free agents this summer as Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are set to hit the market come the start of July.

The two veteran bigs led Utah in both scoring and rebounding last season, combining to average more than 32 points and 16 rebounds per game in 2012-13.

While there are a number of different directions the franchise could go in, Bleacher Report NBA lead writer Jimmy Spencer believes the Jazz must go all in to secure Jefferson for the future:

Utah could certainly find a way to keep its rotation intact by offering a juicy deal to either Jefferson or Millsap, but with other teams looking to improve as well, you can expect that the Jazz will be sweating it out this summer.

While the Jazz will have some key spending money freed up if both Jefferson and Millsap walk, Utah isn't exactly the most intriguing of free-agent destinations. The good news for the Jazz is that they have a handful of solid young pieces on board, including 2013 first-round selection Trey Burke.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Like the Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks could see several key players walk away this summer.

Guards Brandon Jennings, J.J. Redick and Monta Ellis could all be headed elsewhere come July. Ellis opted out of the final year of his contract and declined an extension earlier this summer according to Broussard, who reports that Atlanta, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers all have interest in the veteran guard.

Meanwhile, Jennings is a restricted free agent, but is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per night. That could make him a popular player this offseason. Although he isn't an efficient scorer, he's shown glimpses of brilliance in recent years.

Like Utah, Milwaukee could end up with money to spend but no one to spend it on. Big-time free agents aren't going to be attracted to the Bucks, which means they'll most likely have to overpay for talent this summer.

 

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