The NBA offseason is winding down, putting an end to one hell of a summer. Fans saw another great free-agent class go through the motions, with some cheering and others ending up in tears.
When the dust started to settle there, we had some great Olympic basketball while one of the biggest trades in league history was finalized. All in all, this summer was one for the ages.
Yet, what can we as fans take away from this year's offseason?
Sure, free agency may seem like numbers and years concerning certain players and teams, but as LeBron James going to Miami over New York or Chicago showed us, there are no guarantees. Similarly, trade rumors should never be counted out, since something can happen just when one thinks all hope is lost.
Long story short, this NBA offseason served not only as a means for passionate NBA fans to get a feel for what may happen next season, but also as a learning experience for all.
For the first time in what seems like years, this summer was more than just fans getting their fix of offseason drama.