A few weeks ago we documented what has become a lethargic offseason. While a number of teams have been busy, only two -- the Bulls and Hornets -- have done enough to give themselves a major boost in the playoff hunt next season.
The Pacers will join that group if they finally close the Al Harrington deal with the Hawks. Sources with knowledge of the proposed trade say a deal is close and awaiting approval from Pacers owner Herb Simon. It's hard to fathom that Simon will pass on an opportunity to get Harrington at a below-market-value deal while giving up only a first-round pick in return.
What's interesting to me is the fact that so many bad teams did little to improve themselves this summer. A few, like the Blazers and Raptors, had significant movement. While I don't think it will be enough to push either into the playoffs, at least they can tell fans they're trying.
On the other hand, how do the advertising whizzes for the Sixers, Warriors, Knicks, Sonics and Hawks sell their fans on next season?
"Wait 'til '08!" doesn't sound like a slogan that's going to sell a lot of season tickets.
Here's a look at five lottery teams that have remained surprisingly quiet this offseason: