2010 NBA Draft, Team Needs, and Offseason Signings: Eastern Conference

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 22, 2010

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Here we go! With the season officially over we quickly turn our heads to the 2010 NBA Draft that will take place this coming Thursday in New York.

(For Mock Drafts previews click here, for big named free agents possible destinations click here, and to see how LeBron's decision effects the rest of the NBA free agents click here)

This will be a two part feature that breaks down every team in both conferences, listing who would be their best fit to draft and who they need to sign/trade for this offseason.


Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta's shooting-guard Joe Johnson will be an unrestricted free-agent on July 1st and is a hot name mentioned throughout the league to be departing with his team.

If JJ leaves the Hawks can replace him in the starting lineup with veteran Jamal Crawford.

24th pick in NBA Draft- Larry Sanders PF/C

Offseason needs- A true big man that could back up Al Horford and Josh Smith. VCU's Larry Sanders would be a perfect fit.


Boston Celtics

The Celtics will have their hands full this offseason as they will be waiting upon head-coach Doc Rivers decision on whether or not he will return next season.

In addition to Rivers, Ray Allen will be an unrestricted free-agent and Paul Pierce has an early termination option that he will decide whether to exercise in after the NBA Draft.

19th pick in NBA Draft- Dominique Jones SG (Jones is an elite scorer with an NBA ready body. He could quickly emerge as scoring threat in the league.)

Offseason needs- Boston will look to re-sign Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. In addition, the Celtics will need to sign a big man, especially if Rasheed Wallace retires.


Charlotte Bobcats

Tyson Chandler has $12.7 million player option that he will most likely exercise in. If so, the Bobcats will look to deal him away (since Chandler would be entering his final contract year) in order to re-sign point-guard Raymond Felton.

Charlotte has no draft picks.

Offseason needs- With Nazr Mohammed entering his final contract year, the Bobcats should look to ship him out and seek a solid big man in return.


Chicago Bulls

The Bulls certainly have money to blow this offseason. When you look at the rumors that have been circulating thus far, LeBron James and Chris Bosh seem like the top two big named free agents that could possibly sign with Chicago.

17th pick in NBA Draft- Xavier Henry (A possible replacement of long lost Ben Gordon.)

Offseason needs- The Bulls will look to resign any top named free-agent. If they fail to get Bosh or James, Joe Johnson is another big name that could sign with the team. Regardless of the matter, Chicago is in a great position to sign a max contract type of player.


Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers need to worry about re-signing LeBron James, plain and simple. If the team cannot manage to lure James back in and surround him with a "new" team that he is satisfied with, the entire city of Cleveland is in massive trouble.

The Blazers have expressed interested in point-guard Mo Williams, and with Delonte West, Anthony Parker, and Sebastian Telfair each in their final contract year, Cleveland has a chance to make a trade to acquire a big named star in return.


Detroit Pistons

After an extremely disappointing season, the Pistons will look to regain form with their seventh overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Detroit is in desperate need of a big man and with DeMarcus Cousins slipping out of the top five in the majority of Mock Drafts, the 6'11" center seems to be the guy that the Pistons have both eyes on.

Forward Tayshaun Prince is entering his final contract year raking in a little over $11 million and could certainly be used as a trading chip this offseason.


Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have already attempted to deal away their 10th overall pick in the NBA Draft for Timberwolves point-guard Jonny Flynn.

Reports have stated that the Wolves declined the offer.

Indiana has a ton of potential trading options as the majority of their roster will be entering their final contract year.

10th pick in NBA Draft- Ed Davis (Davis could team up alongside of Roy Hibbert in the front-court)

Offseason needs- It's apparent that the Pacers are searching for a starting point-guard this offseason.


Miami Heat

Much like the Bulls, Miami has a ton of money to throw around this offseason. Rumors have circulated around players such as LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, and Carlos Boozer all possibly joining Dwyane Wade in the beautiful city of Miami. 

18th pick in NBA Draft- Gordon Hayward 

With Michael Beasley's $4.9 million contract most likely coming off the books this offseason, the Heat have enough dough to re-sign D-Wade to a max contract, another superstar to a max contract, and another solid player to a hefty contract.

Big things will be going down in Miami this offseason.


Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks definitely surprised many this past season as they made it to the playoffs for the first time since 06' with point-guard Brandon Jennings running the show. 

15th pick in NBA Draft- Ekpe Udoh

Michael Redd has an $18.3 million player option that he will undoubtedly exercise in. 

Offseason needs: The Bucks will look to sign a big man that they can place into the paint alongside of Andrew Bogut.


New Jersey Nets

After a very disappointing season, the Nets have already began to turn things around.

Their new owner Mikhail Prokhorov signed Avery Johnson as the teams new head-coach and with a plethora of money to spend this offseason, the Nets can really turn their franchise into a winning organization. 

3rd pick in NBA Draft- Derrick Favors

With Favors and Lopez in the front-court, the Nets can look to sign a two guard or a small forward during the free-agency extravaganza.


New York Knicks

Much like New Jersey, the Knicks have been waiting for this moment to hit it big.

New York has enough money to sign two max contract players (with tons of hope that it will be LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, or Chris Bosh, or a combination of two of those studs.

If the Knicks cannot obtain the top tier of superstars they will look to sign either Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, or re-sign David Lee, in addition to many solid role players.


Orlando Magic

Forward Matt Barnes has already opted to explore free-agency and with Reddick being the only other player that is expecting a new contract the Magic seem to be sticking with their roster after a busy previous offseason.

29th pick in NBA Draft- Soloman Alabi

If the Magic are going to make an transactions this offseason it will be involved with back-up center Marcin Gortat.


Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers acquired young gun Spencer Hawes along with Andres Nocioni in a deal that sent center Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings.

2nd pick in NBA Draft- Evan Turner

ESPN reported that the Sixers have locked in on selecting Evan Turner and having said that, the team will be looking to deal Andre Iguodala in the weeks to come.


Toronto Raptors

Believe it or not, Chris Bosh will not be apart of the Toronto Raptors roster next season.

With opportunity to win a championship in numerous other cities, it seems highly unlikely for Bosh to remain apart of the Raptors.

13th pick in NBA Draft- Patrick Patterson

With Bosh an unrestricted free agent and forward Hedo Turkoglu demanding a trade, things don't look to good for Raptors fans heading into the offseason.


Washington Wizards

The Wizards will select John Wall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft to team up with Gilbert Arenas in the backcourt.

Assuming Washington does not pick up Josh Howard's team option and Randy Foye's qualifying offer, the Wizards will have enough money to sign a big named free agent to something very close to a max deal.

With Andray Blatche emerging and John Wall soon to be apart of this team, only time will tell who the Wizards will sign this offseason. 


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