Superteams We Could See by End of 2013-14 NBA Season

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Superteams We Could See by End of 2013-14 NBA Season
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NBA superteams have been around as long as the league itself.

From Bill Russell's Boston Celtics to Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal's Los Angeles Lakers, the greatest teams in league history have unsurprisingly fielded rosters littered with all-time great talents.

The way those rosters are put together, however, has changed in recent years. These new-age superteams are more manufactured dynasties than self-made powers, with trades and free-agent signings playing an equal (or larger) role in talent acquisition than the draft.

Take the two superteams that this offseason yielded for instance.

The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets threw their names in the championship race with nothing more than a single late first-round pick in the 2013 draft between them.

The Nets traded for two future Hall of Famers, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, to complement the perennial All-Star they traded for last summer, Joe Johnson, and the one they traded for in 2011-12, Deron Williams. The Rockets invested more than $160 million in a pair of elite talents, Dwight Howard and James Harden, over the last 12 months—neither of whom was drafted by the franchise.

History says neither Houston nor Brooklyn is guaranteed to see a return on its investment (see: 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers). History also tells us that these two teams won't be the last ones that will try to buy a title.

The next superteam is never more than one trade away. A quick glance at the league unearths several superstars in limbo. Whether their trade stock is falling or the need for their franchise to embrace a rebuild is rising, any number of them could be on the move between now and the 2014 trade deadline.

Which players could be next to join a superteam roster? And what organization will be the next to crack the ranks of the elite?

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