Why This May Have Been Final NBA Offseason to Rebuild Through Free Agency

October 6th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Free-agency-based rebuilds are presented with a lot of pomp and promise in the NBA, their aim simple, their appeal unmistakable.

Skip the process. Sidestep the patience. Shirk the idea that reinventing an entire roster must take years and include recurrent lottery appearances. Create cap space instead. Use that flexibility to reel in established, high-impact free agents who wedge open a championship window quickly, if not right away.

In the most fundamental nutshell, that's the primary pro of rebuilding through free agency: immediacy. But this instant gratification is not guaranteed, not even to the most financially flush suitors.

Cap-dependent projects may be attractive in theory, but they're loaded with more peril than promise. And now, as the league prepares for an unprecedented salary-cap boom in 2016, the glitz and glam and hope initially attached to these "overnight" rebuilds are swiftly fading.


Free-Agent Follies 

History isn't inundated with successful overnight rebuilds. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics, the 2010-11 Miami Heat, the 2014-15 Cleveland ...

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