It wasn't long ago that a Chicago Bulls-Los Angeles Lakers matchup would have been a realistic prediction for the NBA Finals. Now, those two franchises are on the outside looking in, and they (like many others) have significant work to do during the 2014 offseason.
Chicago and L.A. are easy teams to highlight when it comes to organizations seeking changes; however, they're not the only squads with a tough summer ahead. Their respective decisions involving Carlos Boozer and Pau Gasol will spark plenty of rumors, but numerous franchises find themselves in a similar position seeking improvement.
Consider a few honorable mentions:
The Detroit Pistons must shop a nearly untradeable Josh Smith while deciding if Greg Monroe is worthy of a maximum contract. Then there's the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, who will woo their stars or risk losing them for good.
Even the Indiana Pacers could qualify, as they've exposed themselves as vulnerable throughout the postseason.
Yes, there are plenty of teams with needs, but as the narrative goes year after year, a handful have more pressing concerns. Consider Chicago and Los Angeles two of them, but they're not alone in the summer of 2014.