While there have been some NBA teams that have made a complete killing in the 2014 Free Agency period, which officially began last Thursday, there have been a few that have not been able to muster the luck that seems to have befallen the Cleveland Cavaliers (Cleveland, lucky? You bet.) While 29 teams missed out on LeBron James, it would be foolish to ignore the fact that 29 teams also missed out on Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, not to mention Dwyane Wade’s good knee. There’s also the specter of Kevin Love, who isn’t a free agent but is the big trade bait of the 2014 season, since his departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves is almost assured.
There’s already been a lot of moving and shaking, and teams like the Cavs, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Chicago Bulls, who landed Pau Gasol for a song, have come out looking better than they were when the regular season ended back in May. There are also teams like San Antonio and Milwaukee, who are running it back with their rosters (and maybe one new face) from their prior grind.
This is not about those teams. This is about the teams that are decidedly worse than they were the last time they played competitive basketball. They are out there, they look to be worse, and they know it.