NBA franchises can forge championship collections over the offseason...or set themselves back for years.
Gambles are made on the regular, and the high-stakes tables are the only ones offering the premier prizes. Of course, they're also home to those prejudicial pitfalls, as well.
General managers make or break their careers based on their summertime strategies.
When an on-paper savior becomes an on-court disaster, the executive responsible for bringing that player on board goes from scouring over stat sheets to thumbing through the classifieds. Chances are, if a savior role was expected, then a savior's salary was handed out.
These five free agents have the talent and the upside to draw long crowds of suitors this offseason. What they don't have, though, is the kind of ability needed to play up to the type of contract they'll receive.
At the right price, all five could fit inside a championship picture. But at the money they'll receive, any one of them could single-handedly crumble a franchise.
Unless otherwise noted, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.