4 Teams Poised to Get Burned by 2019 NBA Free Agency

Zach Brunner
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The 2019 NBA free-agency period is set to officially begin at 6 p.m. EST Sunday, June 30. However, there have reportedly been plenty of meetings and unofficial deals already. While we don't yet know where all of the big stars will land, we can expect this will be one of the most action-packed summers the NBA has seen in quite some time.

And with so much potential player movement, it's likely that some NBA franchises will get left out in the cold. With that in mind, here are four NBA teams that could get burned in the 2019 free-agency period.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

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Los Angeles traded away most of its future assets to acquire Anthony Davis this summer, leaving the Lakers with just three players on their roster. The team was able to free up enough space to potentially sign another max contract in free agency, but they don't have many plausible options. If the Lakers strike out on Kyrie and Kawhi, Los Angeles might be forced to overpay for role players to fill out its roster.

3. Toronto Raptors

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It's easy to see how the reigning champions could get burned in free agency. The Toronto Raptors figured they could convince Kawhi to stay, but he could still decide to leave in free agency. If Kawhi leaves, Toronto won't have enough cap space to sign another superstar. So, the Raptors could be forced to rebuild around Pascal Siakam with Kyle Lowry turning 34 years old next season.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers have constructed their team in a nearly perfect manner over the past couple seasons to make a run at Kawhi and another star this offseason, which they are still firmly in position to do. However, if he decides to run it back with the Raptors, or join the Lakers, the Clippers could struggle to lure another big-name free agent. This team is still loaded with assets and youth, but the Clippers won't be a serious contender in the 2019-20 NBA season if they can't add at least one superstar to the roster this summer.

1. New York Knicks

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It has to be tough to be a New York Knicks' fan. They traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in an effort to clear enough cap space for two max contracts, but New York's chances of landing a top-tier free agent are looking bleak. If the Knicks can't convince Kevin Durant nor Kawhi Leonard to come to the Big Apple, New York could be in for another rough season.


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