5 NBA Playoff Teams That Took a Step Back During 2014 Offseason

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5 NBA Playoff Teams That Took a Step Back During 2014 Offseason
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NBA free agency has been tough on a few of last year's playoff teams. 

Whether it is due to key players finding greener pastures elsewhere or questionable draft decisions, a handful of the NBA's elite have taken a step back this summer. As a result, the power has shifted and new contenders have been formed. 

We're going to take a deeper look at where these teams went wrong and how it will affect them next season. While free agency is the main focus of this piece, the draft will be taken into consideration, too.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that each team's decline is different. For a couple teams, this offseason was a mere stutter-step. For the others, it was a painful fall from glory. 

As always, reader participation is encouraged. If you feel your team has been wrongly mentioned or would like to advocate for another franchise, feel free to let your voice be heard in the always-entertaining comments section. 

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