Congratulations to every NBA team that successfully pulled off one of the offseason’s biggest coups. You’re all summertime superstars, and your outlook, relative to the hand you’ve been dealt, is pretty darn good!
Now, if we may, please retrieve your umbrellas.
Clouds are about to party crash your summer of sun.
Look, sussing out the bleak aspects of silver linings and blindingly bright futures gives me no pleasure. (OK, maybe it’s a little fun.) These downsides should be not be confused with absolute pessimism or predictive death knells. If your favorite squad makes this list, it’s winning! These drawbacks might even be irrelevant!
But we’d be remiss not to acknowledge the possible stumbling blocks that, should they reveal themselves, threaten to rack and ruin the strongest feel-good vibes.
Bleacher Report’s Adam Fromal has already ranked the most positively impactful moves of the offseason. For consistency’s sake, and because he was spot-freaking-on, our subjects will be plucked straight from that hierarchy.
Potential downfalls may be met in the middle or at the end of next season. They could even manifest themselves years down the line. It doesn’t matter. We’re looking for something, anything that complicates free-agency signings, trade acquisitions and future plans.