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5 Players Who Got a Raw Deal in 2014 NBA Free Agency

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5 NBA Players Who Got a Raw Deal in 2014 Free Agency

Eric Bledsoe
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The NBA can be a cruel marketplace at times. The players also have some power in certain situations, but there are still plenty of folks like Eric Bledsoe who end up on the short end of the stick. He will be mentioned among some other notables from the Eastern Conference in this slideshow. Here are five players who got a raw deal based on either money or circumstance.

5. Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe
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5. Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe thinks he is worth more money than the Phoenix Suns are offering, and it will be interesting to see if his relationship with that team is completely fractured or if things can still get repaired. He could be an All-Star in the future, but he has not quite gotten there yet.

4. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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4. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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Dirk Nowitzki happily took his contract from the Dallas Mavericks, which shows you how lucky Mark Cuban is as an owner in the NBA. They better give Dirk a front office position once the German decides to hang up his sneakers. That is all I'm saying.

3. Dwyane Wade

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3. Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade mainly got burned by LeBron James and not necessarily the marketplace. When the shooting guard opted out of his contract for next season, it was with the assumption that James would re-sign long term, and we all saw how that worked out.

2. Lance Stephenson

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2. Lance Stephenson

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Lance Stephenson's antics got a lot of airtime during SportsCenter and the ESPYs this summer, but they should not have undermined his value to the Indiana Pacers. As a result of that tension he is now a member of the Charlotte Hornets.

1. Paul Pierce

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1. Paul Pierce

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Don't get me wrong. I love that the Washington Wizards grabbed Paul Pierce on the cheap, but where was the market competition for a small forward who brings shooting and veteran presence to every team he is involved with?