Amid the flurry of NBA activity this offseason, a number of moves (or non-moves, as it were) grabbed headlines but never materialized to anything more.
For one reason or another, these almost-partnerships never made the transition from the rumor mill to the transactions log.
Depending on how the 2013-14 campaign plays out, some of these could be remembered as costly missed opportunities. There were some potential landscape-changing moves discussed.
Granted, not everything that gets thrown at the wall has a great chance of sticking.
As fun as it might have been to imagine Carmelo Anthony forming a Big Four with the Miami Heat or LeBron James teaming with "Mini LeBron" Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns, those rumors always felt heavier in hope than substance. No one thought Anthony would leave a significant stack of cash on the table (he didn't), and most painted James' decision as being Cleveland or Miami (he went with Cleveland).
The six near-stories on this list seemed to have some serious legs, though. While circumstances kept them from coming to light, the thoughts of what could have been won't fade away nearly as easily.