The cyclical nature of the NBA insinuates that at any given time there are teams who are young and rebuilding, teams who are in their prime and contending for championships, and teams who are still playoff contenders but may be getting a little on the "old" side.
The best Managers and Owners maximize the time their franchises spend in the middle zone (the time in which they are contending for titles).
But in reality, there usually comes a time at which it becomes time to rebuild. Time to take the franchise in a different direction with a set of newer, younger players.
Sometimes, however, it is hard to draw the line. It's hard to know just how many more years of effectiveness a 35 year-old player has.
Do you trade him for a young gun only to see your veteran take his new team to the playoffs for three more years consecutively? Or do you hold on to his effectiveness as long as it lasts and then get stuck trying to trade an even less valuable veteran only to get less in return?
This is what separates the good general managers from the not-so-good. Their ability to make the right decisions. I'm not saying I would be a good General Manager, but here are several teams who have caught my eye as teams who could use a new direction for their franchise: