Even though the goal of every NBA team is to win a championship, the best-case scenario for the 2013 offseason differs from team to team depending upon their respective outlook.
Being stuck in NBA limbo is the worst possible place to be. Teams in limbo are not competing in the playoffs, nor are they near the bottom of the league from a record standpoint. If your favorite team is consistently drafting in approximately the 10-22 range—like the Phoenix Suns from 2011-2012—the chances to improve are severely diminished.
Toiling in the middle of the pack will be especially disappointing during the 2013-14 season, because valuable prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle will be up for grabs in the 2014 draft.
The Boston Celtics appear to be bottoming out by trading Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. The Philadelphia 76ers are doing the same by trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel.
The landscape of the NBA is always changing. Every team will have a different best-case scenario, but only a select few will deliver for a bright future.