NBA Free-Agency Gambles That Will Pay Huge Dividends

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NBA Free-Agency Gambles That Will Pay Huge Dividends
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Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard

Some NBA free-agency gambles will pay huge dividends for the teams willing to take those risks.

These gambles include investing significant dollars in a free agent who is now being asked to play an entirely new position. They also include offering a max contract to a superstar who hasn't appeared healthy or happy for much of the last two seasons.

All of the calculated risks highlighted, however, involve players who signed multi-year, lucrative contracts this summer and who I expect to ultimately succeed in 2013-14.

For example, while Josh Smith could become a success story for the Detroit Pistons, that gamble and others like it were omitted because those risks appear less likely to pay off.

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