The beauty of an NBA offseason often comes through the rose-colored glasses of general managers and fans.
Free agency can act as an instant fix for a long-standing problem, a missing piece for a contender, or a replacement for what’s been lost.
With any free agency period, hope is more often piloted by disillusionment. And when looking deep ahead to the 2013 NBA free agent class, there is a lineup of potential duds of which to be wary.
Oct. 20 conversation:
“I am so pumped we got [new guy].”
“Oh, I know. [New guy] is going to be so freaking good."
“I heard that [new guy] has been incredible in training camp and everyone thinks he is funny.”
“Yeah, [new guy] is going to be so much better than [old guy].”
“We are definitely going to the playoffs this year. I already bought [new guy’s] jersey.”
Six games in:
“Dude, [new guy] is having trouble adjusting to our system [that I don’t really understand but this sounds smart to say to my friend].”
“Don’t worry, [new guy] is a career slow-starter. He’ll get it going. He’s [new guy]!”
“[New guy] sucks.”
“I told you he would.”
“We should trade him for [future new guy].”
The overly hyped expectations in 2013 will fall on the shoulders of this starting lineup of potential duds representing the upcoming class of NBA free agents.