Top 10 Possible Super Teams Following 2014 NBA Free Agency Period

The NBA Could Look Very Different in 2014-15

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The 2014 NBA free agency period hasn’t happened yet, but we all know it’s going to be crazy with names like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the mix. With so many star free agents on the market this summer and rumors to go with them, the NBA could look very different next year. We take a look at the possible star tandems for the 2014-15 season.

10. Houston Rockets: James Harden, Dwight Howard and Luol Deng

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10. Houston Rockets: James Harden, Dwight Howard and Luol Deng

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Luol Deng may not jump off the page with names like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony also listed, but he’s a dynamite player and can truly be a star in the right system — just ask the Bulls. With James Harden to handle the scoring load and Dwight Howard as the defensive anchor, Deng could be himself in Houston, which would result in All-Star production.

9. Chicago Bulls: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah

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9. Chicago Bulls: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah

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By far the most likely landing spot for Melo is the Windy City where the Bulls desperately need an offensive spark, even if Derrick Rose comes back healthy and effective. This is a team that is so good on defense, it can afford an offense-only star, especially one who can put points on the board as quickly as Anthony.

8. Dallas Mavericks: Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis

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8. Dallas Mavericks: Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis

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Chris Bosh said the only other team besides the Heat for which he’d consider playing is his hometown Dallas Mavericks. After the Monta Ellis project turned out so well for the Mavs last year, all they need is someone who can score consistently in the paint and they’ll be a title contender out West.

7. Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye

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7. Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye

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If LeBron leaves Miami (which is highly unlikely), the only other place he’d go is back home to Cleveland. With the first overall pick in this year’s draft, the Cavs would have another young star to add to the squad as well as a shooting big man in Channing Frye, who opted out of his deal with the Suns. Those three veterans together with the No. 1 overall pick could be lethal.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Kyle Lowry, Kobe Bryant and Marcin Gortat

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6. Los Angeles Lakers: Kyle Lowry, Kobe Bryant and Marcin Gortat

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Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat aren’t big, sexy names like Melo and LeBron, but they are perfect fits for a Lakers team that is looking to add stars around a healthy Kobe Bryant and unload Steve Nash along with the No. 7 overall pick. Lowry handling the ball with Gortat banging down low on both ends of the floor would allow Kobe to be himself without doing too much. This Big Three would be a better fit than the ones we’re now used to.

5. Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Greg Monroe

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5. Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Greg Monroe

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If the Suns bring back Eric Bledsoe (which is expected), they already have another All-Star-caliber guard in Goran Dragic. Assuming Channing Frye signs elsewhere, Phoenix can get a true, proven big man to offset all the small ball it played in 2013-14. These two super guards with a capable big man would make the Suns a contender in the West.

4. Boston Celtics: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons

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4. Boston Celtics: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons

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If the Houston Rockets don’t re-sign Chandler Parsons, he would be a perfect with the Celtics, who would also trade for Kevin Love to give Rajon Rondo some help. Boston has been in the mix for Love since he was put on the trade block and the C’s have already stated they are all-in this offseason to put pieces around Rondo, who they will trade if they fail to build a solid roster that includes him.

3. Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul, Lance Stephenson and Blake Griffin

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3. Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul, Lance Stephenson and Blake Griffin

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This may not jump off the page, but Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are a dynamic offensive duo that needs a reliable wing player to balance out their attack. In addition, Lance Stephenson would also provide more of a defensive presence the Clippers have been lacking over the past three years. If he leaves the Pacers (which is very likely), Stephenson’s best fit is in L.A.

2. Detroit Pistons: Josh Smith, Pau Gasol and Isaiah Thomas

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2. Detroit Pistons: Josh Smith, Pau Gasol and Isaiah Thomas

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Another underrated possible team would be the Pistons if they signed both Isaiah Thomas and Pau Gasol in free agency. In 2013-14, Josh Smith proved what we already knew: An NBA team can’t win with him as its best player. However, bring in a capable pout guard to replace Brandon Jennings and add a big man who can score and Detroit would open a lot of eyes in the East.

1. Miami Heat: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

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1. Miami Heat: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh

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Of course, the greatest possible super team is the one nobody wants to see: Carmelo Anthony joining the Miami Heat’s existing Big Three. LeBron James opted out of the final two years of his contract, which suggests he’s going to re-sign for less money to give Miami more cap room to use on bringing in more help. Melo has been linked to the Heat since the Finals, so don’t be shocked if Miami gets a Big Four for 2014-15.

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