5 NBA Teams That Staved Off Disaster During 2014 Free Agency

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5 NBA Teams That Staved Off Disaster During 2014 Free Agency
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During 2014 NBA free agency, a variety of league front offices were stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Certain circumstances left them scrambling to execute Plans B, C and D after primary options fell through. Other teams staved off impending doom by retaining stars despite reports linking them to the contrary.

The Miami Heat, for example, lost four-time MVP LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Replacing the best player in the Association is an impossible task, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, team president Pat Riley retained two members of the Big Three. He also loaded the roster with an eclectic group of capable role players.

South Beach wasn’t the only locale that dodged complete disaster when Plan A went awry, though.

Unlike Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey—who traded away Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and draft picks to free up cap space for a third star H-Town didn’t land—other teams improved the roster.

Miami ensured it will still be competitive during the post-LBJ era—especially in the wide-open Eastern Conference—but what other teams avoided tragedies?

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