The 2014 offseason has begun for all but four NBA teams, ratcheting up the pressure on a bevy of front offices.
Some rebuilding squads, such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, will simply look to avoid making a catastrophic decision this summer that could set back their progress. Other 2013-14 disappointments, such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, will likely stop at no cost to construct a playoff contender.
No team will emerge from the 2014 offseason without confronting at least one major dilemma, whether it's related to a free agent, draft pick or something more abstract. Certain teams must decide upon the direction their franchise will take over the coming years, while others will be in search of the one missing piece that could vault them into the realm of true championship contenders.
Here, let's take a look at the toughest offseason decision every squad in the Association will face—the one choice with the longest-lasting ramifications for each franchise.
Note: All salary-cap estimations are based on the projected cap of $63.2 million, per ESPN.com's Larry Coon.