5 NBA Teams That Vaulted into Contention During the 2014 Offseason

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5 NBA Teams That Vaulted into Contention During the 2014 Offseason
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It’s not often that a free-agent crop is capable of completely shifting the NBA landscape—of turning pretenders into contenders and contenders into also-rans.

Years from now, the summer of 2014 will stand a good chance of living up to that billing.

As we head into the 2014-15 campaign, five teams have vaulted their way into the championship conversation—three from the East, two from the West.

In order to make the cut, these teams must have made at least one move of genuine significance and not merely be banking on next-level leaps from their young or otherwise lottery-bound cores.

Some of the names on this list won’t surprise anyone. Others, meanwhile, might take some getting used to.

On that note, let us vault!

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