In the NBA, there is no such thing as the luxury of time.
Letting situations unfold isn't an acceptable course of action, it's a sign of weakness and indecision. Especially when it comes to expiring contracts.
Even when dealing with the most prolific of players, the "wait-and-see" game is a terrible tactical approach.
An entire season seems like a long time, right? Well, it isn't. And teams must understand which impending free agents who hold leverage are not sold on the current dynamic, or else the question of them leaving wouldn't have been posed in the first place.
Simply put, standing idle—even if an organization's plan is to hold on to said athlete—can only be detrimental. Expiring contracts are one of the hottest trade commodities there are, so if a franchise is clinging to one, it better be for good reason.
Not because they're unsure of how to proceed.
*Note: Prospective restricted free agents and athletes with player, team or early termination options will not be considered to be under an expiring contract.