What's Standing in Way of NBA Free Agency's Big-Game Hunters?

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What's Standing in Way of NBA Free Agency's Big-Game Hunters?
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It’s big-game hunting season in the NBA, and seven teams are looking to land the superstar who can put them into championship contention. For each one, there’s a big obstacle standing in its way.

There is only one LeBron James and only one Carmelo Anthony. At most, two teams will be happy. The rest will be disappointed. Everything else is just settling.

Don’t be too confident, though, that it's the other guys. Whichever team is your favorite, there are reasons that it could whiff on landing one of the two coveted trophies.

Just in case you’re not adequately terrified that your team is going to miss out, I’ve got you covered. For each team, there's something that can prevent the franchise from hitting its most desired target.

I’ve only included teams that have actually met with the stars and/or their agents*. They are ranked from least to most likely to land one of the two.

*The Dallas Mavericks were initially in the running, but with news coming on July 5 that they have signed Devin Harris to a four-year, $16 million contract, per Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, they were taken out of the picture. 

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