Ideally, NBA teams come out of the offseason with a sense of fulfillment.
They’ve made the right draft picks. They’ve acquired the right players through free agency. Each time an opposing organization made a call to discuss trades, they handled the situation as advantageously as possible. And as the moves piled up, they found themselves in the best position to achieve their intended goal in the 2017-18 campaign.
But the best-laid plans can’t always be followed perfectly.
Mess-ups occur. That much is inevitable. Bad contracts are added to the books. Situations develop that force franchises into pickles of varying sizes. As a result, desperation reigns supreme—desperation to get back on the right track.
Journey with us as the desperation meter begins on zero and slowly creeps toward the teams that are feeling the most pressure as we draw ever closer to training camps and preseason action.