Rebuilding NBA Teams That Should Save Cap Space for 2014 Offseason
Free agency is upon us now in the NBA, and with it comes the temptation to spend big money to immediate improve one's team.
For the following teams currently in rebuild mode, patience is key.
Letting their young talent develop one more year while keeping their cap space open for a smorgasbord of talent in 2014 is by far the best way to go.
2014 Cap Space: $34 million
Potential Targets: Danny Granger, Paul George, Eric Bledsoe
The Pistons can better themselves and hurt a divisional foe by saving their money for next offseason.
This is when Pacer standouts Granger and George will hit the market, and precisely when Detroit should pounce.
The Pistons are set in the post with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and have a plethora of shooting and combo guards to boot. What Detroit really needs is a small forward, someone who can take them to the next level.
George would be a dream, but he's also a restricted free agent. If he doesn't work out, Granger could be a nice fit with his outside shooting and veteran presence.
When looking at point guards, Eric Bledsoe should be hitting free agency, along with veteran backups like Andre Miller and Ramon Sessions.
The Pistons have a nice core and could really improve their future with some spending next summer.
2014 Cap Space: $30 million
Potential Targets: Paul George, Luol Deng
With a core of Trey Burke, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz could be ready to make some real noise in the league in the coming years.
Their main area of need next season will be on the wing, as Hayward will become a restricted free agent. With so much talent in the paint and running point, the Jazz will need a star at shooting guard or small forward to bring the team together.
Enter potential targets George and Deng. Both are premier defenders and can score from multiple areas on the court.
George will be a restricted free agent that the Jazz could offer a max contract to, while Deng will be unrestricted and bring the veteran leadership this young team needs.
Either would push the Jazz into the playoffs, where they'll likely stay for years to come.
2014 Cap Space: $32 million
Potential Targets: Rudy Gay, Andrew Bogut
The Bobcats have a good deal of cap space this summer, but will see almost $20 million more coming off the books next year.
Recruiting free agents to Charlotte won't be easy. Kemba Walker, Cody Zeller and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist are nice, but probably still a few pieces away from making any real noise in the playoffs.
The 'Cats could use another scoring option in the post and shooter on the wing.
This is where players like Gay and Bogut could come in.
Gay is a premier offensive threat that would work well as a wingman next to Kemba Walker. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could slide up to shooting guard, with Bogut and Cody Zeller in the paint.
Charlotte may be headed somewhere after all.
2014 Cap Space: $19 million
Potential Targets: Chris Bosh, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe
By the time next summer rolls around, it's possible Bledsoe could already be on the Magic's roster.
If this is the case, Orlando needs to focus on building up it's post to pair with young wings Victor Oladipo and Moe Harkless.
There's no reason the Magic shouldn't shoot high, with players like Bosh and Cousins on the top of their list. Oladipo thrived when he had a big man to rely on in Cody Zeller, and the same could hold true with one of these two.
The Magic also need to avoid spending money this season for that fantastic draft class headed our way next June.
2014 Cap Space: $28 million
Potential Targets: Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Luol Deng, LeBron James
The Cavaliers have been very careful to keep their cap space open the past few years, and I expect that not to change this summer.
For the Cavs, it's all about the summer of 2014.
Cleveland has addressed every position both now and in the future with the exception of small forward, where so many big names will become free agents.
A player like Gay and Granger would help spread the floor for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters to drive, while Deng would give them the defensive leadership they need on the wing.
Then there's that other guy, who some believe will never return.
While Cleveland should by no means plan for it or stop pursuing other small forwards, one has to believe the Cavs have a very real chance of landing LeBron with so much young talent on the roster.
Miami will be rebuilding the entire roster and may not have the money to bring back all of the Big 3. A team like the Cavs may offer James a better chance at a championship after next year than the Heat could due to money restrictions.
Whatever player they come away with next summer, the small forward position will definitely have been improved.