It's unfortunate that the competition in the NBA has been run through a filter, leaving the rich to play for winning and the poor to play for nothing. At least it's a league where a losing record won't be tolerated for the playoffs. Well, at least in one conference. But it's good to know that the Indiana Pacers can't magically have home court advantage.
The NBA's lack of league-wide talent has led to eight different franchises with championship banners since 1984, a sad number for a league that swears to hold the key to amazing. The most amazing part is the lack of parity and how the league hasn't addressed it.
So while the affluent whine and cry this summer about not making enough millions of dollars, most teams will be left to rebuild on the backs of the salary cap and luck, whichever way she may swing.
The rebuilding process is a tricky one. Not all teams who are playing poorly need to rebuild, and not all teams that are playing well need to stay put. It's not only about who a team is, but where that team is going.
Here's eight franchises that need to rebuild, if they haven't already begun: