Trying to predict where the NBA‘s top free agents are going to sign is virtually impossible and guessing trades is an even more difficult task. With that being said, there are five NBA teams that set themselves apart from the rest by having an already fantastic offseason. While everyone wants to talk about the Brooklyn Nets, they didn’t crack my list and here’s why: the Nets may have added some veteran leadership by bringing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to town, but they have only crippled themselves in the grand scheme of things.
Brooklyn forfeited a surplus of draft picks for Pierce, who is owed over $15 million this year and is a free agent after the season. Not to mention, Garnett is 37 years old and we have seen his numbers hit a wall in recent seasons.
While bringing in a 10-time All-Star and surefire Hall of Famer looks good on paper, the Nets took a huge step in the wrong direction this offseason.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Clippers made one low-profile trade and received two big-time shooters in the process. Chris Paul returned to LA this offseason, but with J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley being added to the mix, the Clip would have been regular season heroes and postseason disappointments for the third straight season.
Los Angeles was a drama hub this summer with the Dwight Howard saga bringing everyone down, yet the Clippers are the ones lining up for an excellent 2012-13 campaign.