How do you measure if a NBA team had a successful season or not? Or is it always going to be NBA title or bust, leaving 29 other teams in a situation that requires some changes, or maybe even a complete overhaul?
What if we were to tell you that not every team in the NBA heads into a season with the mentality that they have to win a title to consider the season a win. In fact, it is much deeper than that and if a GM has a true understanding of how to manage a team the right way, he will know that winning a championship should never be the goal, it should be the result of reaching several other goals. If you chase after a championship, that is great but since only one team can win it each year, it is not realistic. That is a main reason many teams make some awful decisions that they quickly regret, each summer.
Those regrets can derail all the future plans and goals of a franchise and leave them rebuilding on a regular basis. Look at the Los Angeles Lakers recent few years. Instead of developing players, hiring the right head coaches, or managing their club without worrying about what Kobe Bryant thinks, they did the exact opposite. They tried to win a championship each year, regardless of what they said. They have been trying to win a title each year since their last win in 2010.
Instead of boring you with the details about each franchise's worst moves of their past, we decided to predict every single NBA team's next big regret.
30 Boston Celtics: Wasting Their Surplus of 1st Round Draft Picks
As of today, the Boston Celtics are shocking us all and are making a run that was not foreseen coming this early. Right now, they are holding on to the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings and are beating down the league's best teams on a consistent basis. As if that was not good enough, let's not forget about their future while we are talking about their 2016-17 run and all of those ridiculously great draft picks.
In 2017, they have the Brooklyn Nets 1st round pick while also adding in three second picks from Cleveland, Los Angeles (Clippers), and Minnesota. They also have the Nets 2018 1st round pick too. For 2019, they have the Clippers and Grizzlies first round picks and a few bonus second rounders after that.
Overall, the Celtics have a chance to capitalize on the growth this team has seen in the past few months by using those draft picks to boost their already solid looking roster. If they end up trading the picks, which is more likely, then getting someone worth the value in return is a must. If they use it to get a bust, they will struggle to live it down especially when the Nets 2017 pick is probably going to be the first overall choice.
29 Brooklyn Nets: Signing an Old Veteran, Again
The Brooklyn Nets have grown a reputation for signing guys that were once among the league's elite. However, they are signing them long after they have hit their prime and it always ends up not working out. Since 2010, they have spent time and money on veterans like Gerald Wallace, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, Jason Collins, Reggie Evans, Randy Foye, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jarrett Jack. These are just the guys that have more than 10 years or more experience when they signed with the Nets.
It has cost them a lot. In fact, with the current contracts they hold, and the lack of first round draft picks they now have, the Nets might be in for a very long few years before things turn themselves around. They will need to chase down some high-priced free agents and need to stay as far away from guys like Pau Gasol, who will be a free agent this summer, and Dirk Nowitzki, who would not sign with the Nets anyways.
They need to hit the reset button and start moving on from the lineup they have today or they will wind up losing 60 or more games a season for the next few years.
28 New York Knicks: Not Hiring Proper Front Office Personnel
The New York Knicks have signed, drafted, or traded for Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton, Andrea Bargnani, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace, Derrick Rose, and Kristaps Pozingis, over the past ten years.
So how do they have just two winning seasons and only three playoff appearances in the past 17 years? Where is the problem?
The Knicks front office is a good start. They have had 11 different head coaches in the past 16 seasons and can be a huge factor for their current losing situation. They have lowered expectations so low that the fans get excited over making the playoffs. Really???
Fans in New York used to get excited about Patrick Ewing being an MVP candidate or the Knicks contending for a title. Anything else would be a disappointment.
27 Philadelphia 76ers: Trading Away A Star Like Joel Embiid
The one thing that the Philadelphia 76ers need to stop doing, it is trading away young guys that can be a part of their future turn-around. A couple seasons ago, they traded away Jrue Holiday, and now he is in New Orleans and is one of the leagues top Point Guards. Earlier this season, they traded Nerlens Noel for nothing right now but a future first round draft pick. Then, for some reason, they decided to trade their top-scorer Ersan Ilyasova to Atlanta for Tiago Splitter, who has not played a single minute since joining the 76ers.
But as of today, the 76ers are in a position that could turn into success, with the lineup they have now and the first round picks they could have, depending on the order. They have Jahlil Okafor, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell, Dario Saric, and a few more young prospects that can all lead the way to a title team in Philly.
26 Toronto Raptors: Letting Go of Their Loaded Roster
The Toronto Raptors have come a long way in the past ten years and now have a very strong Eastern Conference squad led by Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll, P.J. Tucker, Serge Ibaka, and future stars like Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl. With Serge Ibaka fixing on becoming a free agent this summer, it is a good idea to make sure they keep him and put together a defensive nightmare of a roster that could contend in the Eastern Conference for years to come.
Besides Ibaka, another one of their main superstars will become a free agent. Kyle Lowry is set to hit the open market this summer and could be signed at a pretty price that Toronto is going to have to beat if they want to keep him around. If there is anyway to sign him, they need to do so because he is the Point Guard that keeps that entire team together, he is their glue. By letting him walk, the Raptors are going to see a drop-off next season that will make them regret the moment they let Lowry go.
25 Chicago Bulls: Disrespecting Jimmy Butler One More Season
Are the Chicago Bulls finally done messing around with the career of Jimmy Butler? Like it or not, he is their main superstar and should be the focal point of a team that needs tools all over the place. But since he is not at the same elite level as LeBron James, it seems like the owner, Jerry Reinsdorf, simply just does not want to acknowledge Butler as his one and only MVP. It became even more evident just a few weeks ago when the Bulls traded TaJ Gibson, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for players that do not match the two they gave away, not by a long shot. The Bulls have a 5-8 record since the trade and are now in 10th place, two spots out of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
So if they do not already have regrets from that trade, they all most certainly will if they fail to build a legit contender with Jimmy Butler at the centerpiece. Right now, they have two guys on their way to retiring and a bunch of prospects that could be good, one day.
24 Cleveland Cavaliers: Overreacting to a 2017 NBA Finals Loss
We had to search far and wide to come up with this one but the only thing we can see the Cavaliers regretting would be if they end up making it to the 2017 NBA Finals and losing. Thanks to LeBron James, they could win a title at any time. He is easily the best all-around athlete the NBA has ever seen, top to bottom, pound for pound.
But if they wind up losing the title, it could be cause for concern, or at least they might think, and players could wind up on the trading block. Kevin Love has been exceptional when healthy but has spent time dealing with various injuries including one that kept him out of the entire 2015 playoffs. He just returned a couple of games ago from injury and when he was absent, the Cavaliers were winning. That could make him, in their minds, expendable, and they could trade him to LA for someone like Julius Randle. But that would be the worst thing they could ever do.
23 Detroit Pistons: Not Building Around Andre Drummond
Ever since Greg Monroe left the Detroit Pistons, his career has tanked and he is now fighting for playing time as a backup in Milwaukee. He shows signs of the elite defender he once was but then showcases very little the next night. He has shown that he was much better in Detroit because he played alongside Andre Drummond, the league's best defensive Center and a major focal point towards building a championship caliber squad.
If the Detroit Pistons want to return to the NBA Finals, they need to follow the same method they did the first time around and build a defensive team capable of stopping every single team in the NBA. If the Pistons can find a way to sign an elite Point Guard this summer, maybe they can put themselves back into the league's elite.
22 Indiana Pacers: Trading Paul George for Peanuts
The Indiana Pacers fed into the rumors this season and started fielding trade offers for Paul George, one of the NBA's best Small Forwards and a MVP-caliber athlete that could lead the Pacers into the NBA Finals. However, by listening to the offers from other teams and not trading Paul George was simply a bad move on their part. If they wanted to trade him, then do so. If not, then do not even take the calls. Paul George is already very open about his unhappiness in Indiana and dangling the fruit in front of his eyes is not going to make anything easier.
But it shows that they are going to eventually trade him before next summer, 2018, when he has a player option on his current five year contract. If they do not trade him, then they will lose him regardless and get nothing in return. As the clock continues to countdown to next summer, the Pacers could end up making a huge mistake and trading him for nothing, which would be a complete failure on their part.
21 Milwaukee Bucks: Failing to Evaluate Future Talent
Jason Kidd is going to be a great coach and is already proving to be so in Milwaukee but has had to deal with a ton of injuries that have nearly destroyed their chances for a run this year, maybe even next year too. It all began when Jabari Parker tore the same ACL that he tore during his rookie season and will be out for the rest of the season with a recovery time of 12 months, at least. That would put him out most of next year too. The Bucks simply cannot seem to catch a break.
Khris Middleton's nagging hamstring issues have lowered his value to the team as well. The injuries to Parker and Middleton means that the Bucks are without two of the top-3 players with Giannis Antetokounmpo being their only true superstar.
These setbacks can fool a franchise into a false sense of hope excused by the injury bug. If they fail to succeed this year, they can blame it on the injuries and that is dangerous because it prevents them from building up the franchise the right way.
Instead of waiting for Jabari Parker's knee to fully heal, they should go out and be working on players to sign that will push them into the next level. Otherwise, he could return to an empty roster of overpaid veterans that were signed just to sell tickets.
20 Atlanta Hawks: Failure to Capitalize from Their Future Stockpile
The Boston Celtics have the greatest stockpile of future draft picks in NBA history right now. But there is another team that also has quite the stockpile and it's the Atlanta Hawks who have secured themselves, besides their own 1st and 2nd round picks, two more 2nd round picks in 2017, a bonus 1st round pick in both 2018 and 2019. Those two extra first rounders could turn into players that help Atlanta get back to winning again.
It was not that long ago when the Hawks had Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver. But after free agency and trades, they now have a much different looking lineup with Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, and Ersan Ilyasova as their powerful frontcourt. It would not be a stretch to think that they will end up trading the picks to acquire an elite scorer much sooner. If they fail to trade the picks and misuse them during the draft, the already fairweather fans could turn into absent ones.
19 Charlotte Hornets: Waste the Talent They Have Today
The story remains the same, if a NBA team has loaded roster full of prospects and future stars, like the Charlotte Hornets do right now, then failing to capitalize on it is a Greek tragedy.
The starting lineup in Charlotte that has worked best for them this season features Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams, and Cody Zeller. Three of those players have less than five years of NBA experience. Their bench has Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lamb, Treveon Graham, Johnny O'Bryant, Briante Weber, and Miles Plumlee.
With the proper guidance and development, this roster can turn into one that could be quite powerful defensively. Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb are showing just how good they are and each has started games this season already.
18 Miami Heat: Not Moving on From Chris Bosh
Since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have left town, the Miami Heat have been trying to replicate their success by adding some underrated future stars that have shown us this season their long-term value for the franchise. Young guys like Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, and Hassan Whiteside have established themselves as a strong group that the Heat need to keep if they want to get back to the Finals. They also have Goran Dragic, James Johnson, and Wayne Ellington that round out a eight man rotation that could be very dangerous if they can remain healthy.
However, they are stuck with Chris Bosh's contract when he might not ever play in the NBA again because of a life-threatening blood clot issue that has kept him off the court the entire season. The rumors keep talking about how the Heat will apply for salary cap relief for him but have yet to do so. If they decide not to, keeping him might be the reason they wind up failing to get back to the NBA Finals anytime soon.
17 Orlando Magic: Jumping the Gun on Elfrid Payton
Since the 2014-15 season, Elfrid Payton has shown us both good and bad aspects of his game at times. He has given the Orlando Magic hope for the future in the past few weeks, averaging 13 points, 8.8 assists, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 53.7% from the field. He has also racked up three Triple-Doubles during those nine games. But, in true Elfrid form, he had two games during that nine game run where he scored only 8 points and in one game, shot 25% from the field.
So which one is he? Is Elfrid Payton that Triple-Double guy that can lead the Magic to a happy future? Or is he the inconsistent shooter that cannot seem to hit a shot to save his life?
The Magic could be moving towards getting rid of him now that he has a little value but that is the one thing they should not do. They need to hold on to him and let him grow. He is only three years in and getting rid of him would be too quick.
16 Washington Wizards: Matching Any Offer for Otto Porter
Before this season, Otto Porter was good, not great. He was a starter that was not going to be resigned when his contract expired if he did not improve his overall game. But then, he wound up doing just that and is now averaging career highs in points, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game. His increase makes him look like he is finally on the verge of breaking out into an elite superstar, right? Wrong!
This is it for Otto Porter. Take note of what he is doing this season because that is his ceiling, and Washington knows it. The problem is, he is a restricted free agent and if any team offers him a max deal, which seems to be the case in Brooklyn, then the Wizards have to match the deal in order to keep him. They are already going to be dealing with salary cap issues in a few years so if they gamble on Porter getting better than this, which is not very likely, then they just locked up a future that could have given them a title run.
15 Denver Nuggets: Spending Another Season Playing From Behind
It seems like each season, the Denver Nuggets struggle to survive and over the past four seasons, they have missed the playoffs. One of the key factors in their decline was the loss of Carmelo Anthony while constantly trading away assets each season, in efforts of rebuilding quickly. The project seems to finally be working this season as they quickly approach their first playoff appearance in several seasons. However, it is more of the lack of competition in the Western Conference than anything else.
The biggest regret they face is the constant onslaught of bad transactions they make each season that do not pan out. In fact, they might finally have a solid starting lineup that can make a few waves in the first round of the playoffs, but not much more. With Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic, Wilson Chandler, Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Kenneth Faried, Jamal Murray, and Jusuf Nurkic, there are many reasons to think that this team could grow into something special eventually but the recent history of the Nuggets says otherwise.
14 Minnesota Timberwolves: Failing to Build Around Andrew Wiggins/Karl Anthony-Towns Duo
As of today, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in a great position for future growth behind the play of the previous two NBA Rookie of the Year winners, Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns. When healthy, Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine help turn the T'Wolves lineup into a truly dangerous one. They have some other key role players in place right now but will need some more help if they want to entice both Wiggins and Towns to remain in Minnesota for the long term. Sure, Gorgui Deng, Shabazz Muhammad, Kris Dunn, and Tyus Jones are all complimentary players and future stars, but they need some kind of veteran leadership to run this team.
By spending some money this offseason, the Timberwolves could turn around a mediocre 2016-17 season into a positively winning one in 2018. Unfortunately, the injury bug has kept them down this year. They have two second round draft picks this year so they can either use them wisely or trade up and get a point guard like a Lonzo Ball possibly. Ricky Rubio, when healthy, can be a great floor leader but rarely stays healthy long enough to be a factor.
13 Oklahoma City Thunder: Not Giving Russell Westbrook a Legit Starting Lineup
The key to any NBA team's success is building a lineup that compliments it's star players. No team in the history of the league has won a NBA title with one superstar, and that dates back to the 1950's when Cliff Hagan, Ed Macauley, and Chuck Share joined Bob Pettit and the St.Louis Hawks to win the 1958 NBA championship. Bill Russell had John Havlicek, K.C. Jones, Tom Heinsohn, and Sam Jones when the Boston Celtics dominated the 60's, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen in the 90's, and Kobe partnered with Shaq after the turn of the century to lead the Lakers to multiple titles.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are about to face the problem of wasting the talents of Russell Westbrook if they cannot seem to line up a roster of players worthy of carrying them to the NBA Finals. The rumor mill seems to think Blake Griffin is coming to OKC next summer and that would not only be great, it would propel Westbrook's game to the next level. He is already heading towards a MVP award this year.
12 Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard
Much like the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers are in the same situation with Damian Lillard. Since they let LaMarcus Aldridge leave two summers ago, the Trail Blazers have found themselves sitting in purgatory, just waiting for the next big star to come to town and partner with Damian Lillard to form a championship caliber lineup. The best thing the Trail Blazers have to offer today is a combination of C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Allen Crabbe, Mason Plumlee, and Maurice Harkless. The good news is that this is a very young team. Only three players have more than five years experience, and those three all have just six years.
So the future looks amazing for the Trail Blazers but that does not help out the star Point Guard today. The biggest hole this team has is defense. They need more rebounding and tougher on-ball defenders if they want to win. Damian continues to do it all by himself and needs some of the pressure to lighten or he will be forced to leave too.
11 Utah Jazz: Thinking Gordon Hayward is Replaceable
Now that the Boston Celtics have proven how to be successful through drafting the right players, hiring the perfect head coaches, and building a stockpile of draft picks, they can use that to their advantage this summer by chasing after the biggest names on the market. Their next biggest target, and likely free agent addition, is none other than head coach Brad Stevens former superstar at Butler, Gordon Hayward.
The rumored signing has been around since the beginning of the season and continues to gain traction as we head into the summer. For some reason, the Utah Jazz seem to think he can be replaced, or at least it seems that way. They did not trade him before the deadline so that is a positive sign for their future pursuit of the star forward. However, if they slow down and let him walk, it will be the biggest mistake they have made since they failed to win a single title during the days of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
10 Golden State Warriors: Resigning Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant
Only one team has the problem of figuring out how to resign two of the top five players in the NBA and because the Golden State Warriors also have two other players that are ranked in top 20, money is going to be tight. It is going to cost them every penny they own to keep both Curry and Durant for the long term while keep Klay Thompson and Draymond Green too. It is just not possible unless the players themselves decide to take less...much less.
Assuming that none of them will take a pay cut for money that they each deserve, the Warriors are going to wind up putting themselves into a bad spot where they have Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant but no one else. Just like the Miami Heat did when they signed the Big "3," Golden State will have to find old veterans or anyone else willing to work for peanuts just to play with these guys. If either player gets hurt, look at what happened when KD went down this season, then the Warriors will regret they ever did that.
9 Los Angeles Clippers: Losing Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin
The rumor mills are going nuts about the upcoming NBA free agency this summer because it is going to be loaded with a variety of young superstars and All-Stars looking for one last big payday and every team around the league is going to have access funds to chase after them. But for the Los Angeles Clippers, the rumors they have been hearing is a cause for concern.
Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be free agents this summer and could end up heading elsewhere. For Chris Paul, he could end up in either Cleveland, playing with LeBron James in hopes of finally winning a title, or back in New Orleans, where it started his career, to lead an offense with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Then there is Blake Griffin, who could be heading to Oklahoma City very soon.
The Clippers need to fight for them and try to keep them, or at least one of them this offseason.
8 Los Angeles Lakers: Losing Again! And Again! And Again!
When will the losing end in Los Angeles? What is going on in Hollywood?
The Lakers have spent the past four seasons in a playoff drought, winning no more than 27 games in any of those past four seasons either. Their struggles have turned them into the laughing stock of the NBA, a place they are not used to being. So the front office went out and signed Magic Johnson to help build up the team that was once the most dominating in the entire league.
As they stand today, they have a ton of young talent that is stock full of raw and untapped potential for the future. D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr, Julius Randle, Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, and Ivica Zubac could be the core of stars that turn the Lakers around, they just need the coaching and leadership in the locker room to get there. It might not happen overnight but the improvements that need to happen, needs to happen soon. They cannot spend another offseason watching the league's biggest names head to other cities.
It is imperative that they save themselves from drowning another season or that bug might continue to drown them for years to come.
7 Phoenix Suns: Trading Eric Bledsoe or Devin Booker
Since March 15th, the Phoenix Suns have decided to shut down Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of the season in order to give more chances and opportunities to the younger players on the roster. His injuries aren't season-ending but they are significant that resting him will do more good than forcing him to play the final few meaningless games of the season.
Eric Bledsoe's season-ending departure has left room for Devin Booker to explode into a superstar overnight. Besides showcasing his scoring abilities this season, a few nights ago he dropped 70 points in one of the most amazing performances ever by a Phoenix Sun. It should be enough to remind the front office that he belongs in Phoenix and so does Eric Bledsoe.
Now is not the time to take advantage of their increased exposure, it should be the time to plan on locking them down for the future. The Suns can become the high-scoring offense they once were but they have to build it up and they have plenty of tools around them to do so. The one thing they cannot do is allow either Booker or Bledsoe to leave or be traded for more future assets.
6 Sacramento Kings: Allowing The DeMarcus Cousins Trade Go To Waste
When the Sacramento Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, the main reason they did so was because they would be receiving Buddy Hield in return. They already thought of him as a top-5 talent so landing him in the trade was a major reason they went forward with it. Besides Buddy Hield, the Kings received Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and the Pelicans 2017 first and second round draft picks. That is a ton of talent and future prospects for one player, regardless of how great he is.
But the Kings cannot waste this opportunity. They have to handle it the right way and build around Buddy Hield and their upcoming draft picks. It might be best for them to trade up to get a player like Lonzo Ball, who could be a perfect Point Guard to run their style of offense. The Kings have a bunch of other assets besides Buddy, like Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, and Ty Lawson. Willie Cauley-Stein has shown that he can step up since the departure of Cousins, leaving the Kings with even more of a positive outlook for the future.
Skal Labissiere and Ben McLemore are also two more players that can change the future for this club, if they decide not to waste it.
5 Dallas Mavericks: Spending Another Season Hanging On To Dirk Nowitzki
The Dallas Mavericks are not going to let Dirk Nowitzki leave town and finish his career somewhere else. Dirk Nowitzki is probably in the same boat, having played his entire career in Dallas. He is almost out the door and heading for a Hall of Fame induction one day but seems to not be able to give up the NBA just yet.
The Mavericks, in return, decided to sign him to a 2-year, $50 million contract last summer, paying him $25 million a season this year and next season too. His contract is more than a majority of the NBA and as his production levels continue to decline. If they let him resign again, for another $50 million, all they are doing is prolonging the inevitable future without him. He is taking up valuable roster space as it is but spending more than the $50 million already promised to him might be a bit too much.
4 Houston Rockets: Chasing After The Wrong Big Man
When they signed Dwight Howard in 2013, the Houston Rockets planned on making it to the NBA Finals. It then fell apart and they started dealing with injuries that left them without a shot. For three seasons, Dwight Howard felt at home in Houston but it did not help them get to the Finals. But that is the type of player they need in Houston. They need a big, strong, defensive-minded, Center that can lock up the paint and tear up the opposition.
However, the offseason is full of big men that are tempting but might cost the Rockets more money than they honestly should be spending. Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol, Nerlens Noel, and Zaza Pachulia are among the few big names in need of a new contract this summer but it could come at a hefty price. Instead, they should probably go after players like Serge Ibaka or Blake Griffin. Either of those players would create a better overall Rockets team that might make the fans happy in 2018.
3 Memphis Grizzlies: Spending Too Much on The Wrong Talent, Again
By now, you probably have read a few articles on Chandler Parsons contract with the Memphis Grizzlies but if you have not, then maybe we can remind you of what is going on in Tennessee these days.
Last summer, the Grizzlies decided to sign Chandler Parsons to a four-year contract worth $95 million, paying him around $23 million per season. That is not the worst contract in the world for a star, but it is not something that should have been handed to Chandler Parsons, a player that came in averaging 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3 assists per game for his career. He somehow convinced Memphis he was worth the nearly $100 million they shelled out for him, without ever even making an All-Star game.
He is the epitome of a bad decision that needs to be fixed this summer and the Memphis Grizzlies just might not be able to with all of their money tied to current stars.
2 New Orleans Pelicans: Leaving Alvin Gentry to Call the Shots
One more year. That is all Alvin Gentry should get to run the New Orleans Pelicans offense with the deadly combination of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The duo should be tearing it up and proving just how scary the Pelicans future might be with them starring in the frontcourt. But it all starts and ends with Alvin Gentry. He is the key to the partnership and the main reason for their success and/or failure.
Unfortunately, losing games with two MVP talents such as Cousins and Davis leads to a short leash at the realm for a head coach. In fact, if the Pelicans have not already made the decision to give him one year with them, then they should and they should inform him about it now. Give him all the chances he deserves to prove himself worthy of running that offense but do not let him ruin the best chance the Pelicans have had in their history.
1 San Antonio Spurs: Failing to Convince Gregg Popovich to Stay Forever
Of all the regrets on this list, this is one that is never going to happen because Gregg Popovich makes up his own mind without worrying about what anyone else says. The best example is when the league sent out a memo telling teams basically not to rest their superstars because the fans and sponsors would be upset, Gregg Pop said thanks but I run my team how I run my team. Or something like that.
Bottom line is that when Gregg Pop finally decides to retire, and he could, it will be because he wants to and not because he kept coming back year after year when the Spurs front office convinced him to do so. But the fans would love to keep him forever because he just may be the greatest coach since Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson to lead a team in the NBA.