Offseason Blueprint: Sign-and-traders
If their free agents decide to leave, these three teams need to get something in return
ESPN Insider is breaking down what every team in the league could -- and should -- do during the most anticipated offseason in NBA history. Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard have separated the league into six groups based on everything from cap room to organizational philosophy. Next: the sign-and-traders -- the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns. (You can follow the whole series here.)
Objective: Add size, toughness and shot blocking to frontcourt.
To see how Bucher breaks down the offseason plans for the Raptors, Hawks and Suns, and what alternative moves he suggests if those teams can't execute Plan A, sign up for ESPN Insider today.
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Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher are drawing up offseason blueprints for every team in the NBA, examining what each team's plan is and advising them on alternative options. Based on salary cap considerations, organizational philosophies and other factors, they've divided the league into six groups.
They're all after LeBron James and other max-contract free agents. But what other plans do they have up their sleeves?
(CHI, MIA, NYK, NJN)
These teams have big-time free agents who are likely to bolt. So what can they get in return?
(ATL, PHO, TOR)
They don't have the cash to sign big, but they can sure make a splash on the trade market.
(PHI, CLE, NOR, UTA, SAC, DAL, SAS, MIN)
The moves will vary in size, but these teams need to make changes just for change's sake.
(DET, GSW, LAC, LAL, WAS)
For these six squads, the offseason is all about niche moves to build around a core.
(CHA, HOU, IND, MEM, MIL, OKC)
Their rosters are largely locked in, requiring unusual, bold moves to improve.
(BOS, DEN, ORL, POR)