The process of constructing a top-tier NBA roster requires luck, resources, and an incredibly specific sense of timing. Salary cap openings don't come along every off-season, and thus teams are forced to carefully assemble salaries that expire at specific times, in addition to the considerations that come with piecing together a core that's progresses along the same timeline.
As such, teams typically enter the off-season with a number of difficult decisions regarding their salary cap outlook; weighing short-term addition against long-term investment is par for the course in any league with a salary cap, and though a soft-cap system affords teams some leeway, it's hardly enough to negate the incessant complications of building a winning roster.
Yet at some point, a team surrenders the possibilities that come along with cap flexibility in order to boost or cement their roster with whatever happens to be available. Here's a closer look at three teams that made a decision—deliberately or inadvertently—that followed along those lines this summer, and sacrificed future flexibility for the sake of acquiring more immediate assets.