The NBA playoffs aren't the only thing that is around the corner. For a little less than half of the league, the offseason is on the horizon, and that means firing time.
For the NBA's lottery teams, the next month won't be spent chasing a title. Instead, it will be spent reviewing failed seasons. Decisions will have to be made in short order, and most of those decisions won't be pretty.
The NBA has already seen four coaching changes during the 2012-13 season. Mike Brown left the Los Angeles Lakers after five games. Avery Johnson lasted 28 games with the Brooklyn Nets. It took 32 games for Scott Skiles to part ways with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Alvin Gentry left the Phoenix Suns after 41 games.
A few more will be coming down the pike with a lot of teams wrapping up disappointing seasons.
Players won't be immune to the axe come the offseason. Only half of the league's 30 teams have used their amnesty clauses thus far. That means 15 teams have pink slips in their back pockets for whenever they see fit.
Other than that there are contracts that won't be renewed and options that won't be picked up. Though no players technically get "fired," there are options on the table for teams to part ways with players whose services are no longer required.
Note: All statistics and records used in this story were accurate as of April 6.