Most of the 2014 free-agency fireworks are over, but there are still some marquee teams that could stand to upgrade their roster in the race for a title.
While it goes without saying that some of the league’s bottom-feeding teams could use a major talent infusion, we’ll instead focus on the contending teams for which upgrades would actually mean something in the grand scheme of things.
The issue with these six contenders for the most part, however, is that there are limited assets available to upgrade. A trade is the best solution for most of the teams on this list, as the free-agency pickings are slim and a minimum contract rarely brings back an impact player for a great team. It’s not impossible, but it’s unlikely.
The reason you won’t see the San Antonio Spurs on this list, even though they still have a weapon in the mid-level exception to use, is because they might not need much upgrading. While complacency usually equals death in the NBA, we’ve seen what this Spurs core is capable of.
Let’s list six of the contending teams chasing the Spurs that could really stand to add talent and fill some positional and production holes.