Ranking Which NBA Teams Had the Worst Offseason
With the free agency period near its end, most franchises have completed the majority of their offseason moves, gearing up for the start of training camp and eventually the preseason.
And while teams like the Cavaliers, Bulls and Wizards have all enjoyed relatively successful summers, others endured quite the opposite, taking a step back talent wise.
Some of the teams mentioned were simply unable to retain their marquee stars, while others opted to make head scratching decisions, leaving themselves with toxic contracts or the same glaring holes on their roster.
Whatever the case, the following franchises all had a far from successful offseason, that’s bound to drive their respective fanbase insane once the regular season rolls around.
Honorable Mentions: Miami Heat, Houston Rockets
Losing the best player in the world is by far one of the biggest blows the Miami Heat have ever faced, but to say their offseason was a complete failure is an overstatement. Incoming players like Josh McRoberts and Luol Deng are by no means franchise changers, but a lineup of Chalmers-Wade-Deng-McBob-Bosh should be more than capable of leading them back to the postseason for years to come.
As for the Rockets, missing out on marquee free agents like Bosh and Anthony plus the loss of Parsons, Asik and Lin was a pretty tough pill to swallow. However they still made it out okay, signing Trevor Ariza to a bargain deal and drafting a much needed spark plug off the bench in Nick Johnson. Houston may not be as powerful as it was last season, but it’s hard to argue against them being one of the better teams in the Western Conference given their current crop of talent.
3. Brooklyn Nets
The decision to trade for Joe Johnson and sign Brook Lopez to a lucrative deal are haunting Brooklyn more than ever, as they don’t have the necessary cap space to go after a top tier player in free agency or even resign some of their own.
What’s worse is how they tried to make up for the loss of Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston by acquiring the albatross contract of Jarrett Jack and sophomore Sergey Karasev, moves that do anything but improve their championship odds.
All I can say is good luck Lionel Hollins, not even Liam Neeson will be able to help you. (For those of you that haven’t seen ‘Taken’, I apologize for the confusion.)
2. Indiana Pacers
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Indiana… They did.
Obviously losing Lance Stephenson was a major blow to the team’s nucleus, but what stung more was the signings of Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles – two guys that bring anything but strong defense and efficiency on the offensive end of the floor.
Barring any sudden changes, expect to see the same agonizing Pacers team we were forced to watch in the playoffs, one that’s dysfunctional, offensive-deprived and nowhere near as menacing on defense now that Stephenson is gone.
1. Sacramento Kings
For years the Kings were marred by the illogical decisions made during the Maloof family’s reign, but when new owner Vivek Ranadive took over the team, many believed the franchise was finally set for a path of vast success.
Not so fast.
Instead of addressing their need for a power forward in this year’s draft, they opted to take shooting guard Nik Stauskas, who will only hamper the development of sophomore Ben McLemore.
What’s even more confusing though was replacing their second best scorer Isaiah Thomas with Darren Collinson, who’s shown throughout his career he’s incapable of handling a starting point guard role.
To analyze the King’s offseason moves so far, I decided to let Kevin Bacon give his own word on the matter.