NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Teams That Must Make a Big Signing This Summer

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NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Teams That Must Make a Big Signing This Summer
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While the NFL's labor dispute has come to an end, the NBA on the other hand, hasn't been so lucky. Some of its biggest stars, from Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose to Deron Williams have explored options overseas, playing in exhibition games or agreeing to play in other countries until the lockout ends.

So while fans in the Philippines for instance, are able to enjoy alley-oops from Kobe Bryant to Derrick Rose, fans here stateside, are left to only ponder and hope for the NBA to make its triumphant return.

Until then however, halted league activity has not seemed to squash trade speculation for when teams return however.

As players keep in shape in tournaments, practice and exhibitions outside of NBA boundaries and in foreign countries, it is still inevitable that the NBA will be back, and when activity is finally allowed, you can bet there are going to be plenty of moves made.

In the midst of the lockout, many tend to overlook the aftermath that will seemingly carry over from the last season—arguably the greatest coach of all time retired, the new "Big 3" weren't able to win a ring and the aging Dallas Mavericks led by the "now a champion" Dirk Nowitzki won an NBA title.

Add to this the new possibilities of the new collective bargaining agreement (once it happens) and look for teams to be radically altered.

So for now, here are five teams that must make a big signing this summer.

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