There are loads of ways for an NBA team to goof up its offseason.
Some set themselves back by getting too little in return for outgoing stars. Others collected talent in a misguided rush to inch closer to playoff contention.
Impatience, half-measures and an unwillingness to embrace a rebuild can also mangle an NBA summer.
Generally, these specific mistakes stem from a team’s lack of self-awareness.
As we run through clubs that failed to see the forest for the trees this summer, we’ll do them the courtesy of trying to outline (where possible) the thinking that led to the missteps in question. Maybe it won’t satisfy frustrated fans, but at least it’ll keep this from being an unmitigated bash-fest.
Running an NBA team is hard. It’s just that, based on some recent decisions, some clearly find it harder than others.