NBA free agency and the trade market feel like they have hit sort of a slow point after all the fireworks on July 6th that shook up the league with all types of players changing scenery to new teams. Though, we already have a clear picture of some Eastern Conference losers.
Damian Lillard, James Harden, Pascal Siakam, and more could still be moved at any time. I’m choosing to trust Blazer’s GM Joe Cronin, who earlier this week said, “If it takes months, it takes months.” These players could be traded or could stay put, only time will tell. My job today is to break down the biggest losers of the offseason.
An NBA team’s offseason, more times than not, can be a huge chance to foreshadow what that team will look like in the next season and what they can accomplish. The Denver Nuggets had one of if not the best offseason in the NBA last year, adding Bruce Brown and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to help bolster their wing rotation and ended up winning a ring.
Unfortunately for the teams I am going to talk about, they did not have a 2022 Denver Nuggets-like summer. Maybe I can venture to the West and grade their offseasons another time, but today is about the Eastern Conference!
Which 3 Eastern Conference Teams got worse this offseason?
The reality is in basketball and life that there are going to be winners, and there will be losers. In my opinion, these teams were the three biggest losers of the offseason in the Eastern Conference. The question will be, can they overcome it this coming season? How does the Eastern Conference playoff picture shake up? With an 82 game marathon, and two games against each Eastern Conference team, this also impacts the OKC Thunder.