Injuries are not uncommon in the NBA, but that doesn't make them any easier to accept.
This holds especially true when the injury bug claims a victim in the form of a superstar.
More often than not, when a franchise cornerstone goes down, so do their team's ultimate aspirations. After all, how are you supposed to win, supposed to progress as a team, without one of your most important players?
While there is no easy answer to that question, for certain teams, there still is hope.
Currently, plenty of players remain unsigned on the free market. Most notably, though, many of these athletes are actually capable players, guys who can make a difference.
And in some cases, they're also affordable saviors that can help a team weather a superstar-less storm.