Only one NBA team will win a championship at the end of the 2013-14 season.
The rest will be left playing for the future, and even the new (or old, if the Miami Heat win again) champions will have to look ahead after they get to hold up the trophy. That's why financial health is so important.
In this article, I'm going to be breaking down each team's financial health by taking a look at the remaining contracts for 2014-15, the expiring deals, the options on any contracts and the non-guaranteed contracts. It's also worth noting that I'm going to assume the cap is set at around $59 million, based on this year's $58.7 million.
Every team is in a distinct situation.
Two teams (Team A and Team B) with $10 million of cap space don't necessarily have the same level of financial health, simply because they don't have identical rosters. What if Team A has three All-Stars on the roster and Team B doesn't have any?
That's why looking at context is so important, and it's never too early to start looking ahead.
Note: All contract information comes from Spotrac.com.