Going: Chris Kaman, Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Elton Brand, Mike James.

Strange but true fact: The Mavericks are only two years removed from an NBA title. Sad but true reality: It's probably going to take a lot longer for them to become contenders again. Their latest makeover has left them with a mishmash of parts that aren't going to add up to much in what could be Dirk Nowitzki's final season here.

13. Sacramento

2012-13 finish: 28-54.

Coming: Coach Mike Malone, Greivis Vasquez, Carl Landry, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ben McLemore.

Going: Coach Keith Smart, Tyreke Evans.

Having been granted a reprieve from moving to Seattle, the Kings cannot escape being once again unfit for NBA competition. Their prospects were dicey even before Landry suffered a torn hip flexor that could sideline him for the season's first four months. There's also the matter of how Malone will coexist with the capricious DeMarcus Cousins.

14. Utah

2012-13 finish: 43-39.

Coming: Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush, John Lucas III, Andris Biedrins, Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert.

Going: Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Kevin Murphy.

Wait, so the Jazz actually meant to acquire past-their-prime Richard Jefferson and Biedrins and their combined $20 million in salary? If this is what it takes to take a stab at drafting Andrew Wiggins and give youngsters Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter a shot at carrying the team, well, get ready for lots of losses along the way.

15. Phoenix

2012-13 finish: 25-57.

Coming: Coach Jeff Hornacek, Emeka Okafor, Eric Bledsoe, Slava Kravtsov, Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, Alex Len.

Going: Coach Lindsey Hunter, Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall, Luis Scola, Michael Beasley, Jared Dudley, Wesley Johnson.

The Gortat trade leaves Phoenix without four of its top five scorers from last season, signaling a white-flag approach. Okafor's scoring average has dropped in each of the last six seasons and he sat out the entire preseason with a herniated disk in his neck that will sideline him indefinitely.