Sometimes, it's the role players—not stars—that make or break NBA championship teams. The Boris Diaws. The Mike Millers. The J.J. Bareas. Without those types of "glue" guys, too much pressure falls on the shoulders of a ballclub's top guns, and the results generally aren't favorable. Just ask LeBron James.
The free-agency period may be winding down, but there are still players of that ilk remaining in the pool. Sure, Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe may be the two most attractive pieces left, but with both asking for hefty contracts, it's hard to consider either a potential "bargain."
We see this almost every summer. Lots of rumors, a flurry of activity where just about all of the big names fly off the market followed by a lull where a handful of veteran free agents bide their time and wait for the best offer from what they feel is the best situation for themselves.
Some of the guys remaining could be a Diaw type: a player who makes all the difference in his team's title chances.
Memo to the franchises who are legitimate contenders: take notice.