Once the summer begins, it’s time for teams to make moves. In order to improve the team, changes usually always have to be made. This year the Celtics, Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Rockets made their teams significantly better this offseason by adding pieces together that can compete for years to come.
But unlike those teams, however, there are also the squads who screw up their summer by making poor choices or losing out on key Free Agents. For these teams, life has gotten hard. Things change in a way that is anything but productive.
This countdown contains those very teams; the ones that have failed this summer miserably, the teams that are truly having a summer of Hell:
5. New York Knicks
With Phil Jackson gone, things were expected to get better in The Big Apple. Instead, the mess has only been getting bigger. With a chance to hire former Cavs GM David Griffin as President of Basketball Operations, the Knicks instead promoted unproven Steve Mills and hired inexperienced Scott Perry as General Manager. All of this while paying Tim Hardaway Jr a 71 million dollar contract, and the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony, and it becomes clear that the Knicks just have no idea what they’re doing. In the draft, they passed up guys like Malik Monk and Dennis Smith Jr for Frank Ntilikina. In short, they just haven’t been great decision for the last few years. Rather than making any sort of progress this summer, the Knicks became the main subject of gossip, rumor, and misfortune.
It seems that the Knicks just can’t get themselves together. A summer that was supposed to be about starting fresh has turned into one of more question marks. In the midst of it all are players and fans that are only wishing for stability and respect.
4. Utah Jazz
Losing your biggest star is one of the biggest Ls a team can take. Utah lost Hayward for literally nothing and failed to sign any other significant Free Agent. They did make a trade for Ricky Rubio, but will it really make their team better? No draft picks, limited or disappointing young prospects, and the loss of a huge piece will likely push the Jazz back for years to come. To make matters worse, it’s a small market franchise, meaning that it’ll always be hard for them to retain stars in the future.
After showing so much promise last year, it’s got to hurt. They’ll be lucky to finish in 6th place in the West now. And with how strong the conference is, they might not get a chance to make the NBA Finals for another decade. Hayward was really thier last ditch effort to compete with the Western superstars. And this summer, they just lost him for nothing.
3. Chicago Bulls
Losing Jimmy Butler hurts. But losing Butler for Chriss Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick hurt even more. Now in full rebuilding mode, the Bulls have barely started the long path back to contention. To make matters worse, they still have Dwyane Wade under contract, and it seems like he’d be an unfit member of the new look Bulls. Chicago fans are angry, their front office is very confusing, and they haven’t really done anything else to give the team additional talent. They traded Butler and have done nothing in the aftermath.
Now, and old Dwayne Wade remains, no doubt wondering how he got himself in the situation. Instead of building around Butler and Wade, they decide to blow it up completely and start from scratch. The Bulls have hit the reset button in 2017, and it’s not going to be an easy ride back.
2. Atlanta Hawks
Okay, so, they traded Dwight Howard. While that alone isn’t the worst crime against humanity, it’s what they got in return that really stinks. Atlanta got Miles Plumlee, Marco Bellinelli, and the 41st pick for Howard. Let’s not forget that the Hawks lost both Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr this summer. So far this summer, the Hawks have yet to make a move that actually makes their team better. They lost 3 huge pieces for practically nothing, while still not getting a top rookie this year in the process. People in Atlanta are no doubt shouting questions at the Hawks front office right now. Most of those have to start with a resounding: “What are you doing?!”
Where do they go from here? They have no stars and no promising young assets left. The 50+ win team that was atop the East a few years ago is nowhere to be seen. As long as Millsap was there, they could be playoff contenders. But with him gone, only the rubble of a crumbling organization remains. This summer has been brutal for the Hawks, and it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
1. Indiana Pacers
When Paul George announced that he would likely be leaving Indiana in the summer of ’18, it definitely took away some of the Pacers’ leverage in trade negotiations. But could they really not have gotten more in return for one of the biggest stars in the league? When the Pacers traded George to the OKC Thunder, they got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. With all respect to those guys, they are not worth half as much as PG13. Somehow the Pacers turned an almost impossible situation and made it worse. Rumors are circulating that the Pacers turned down offers from bigger market teams in order to avoid giving PG what he wanted, which means Indiana chose pettiness over making the best possible move for the team. The Pacers have not only gotten worse talent-wise, but they’re exposing just how poorly run their front-office is.
Rumors are circulating that the Pacers turned down offers from bigger market teams in order to avoid giving PG what he wanted, which means Indiana chose pettiness over making the best possible move for the team. The Pacers have not only gotten worse talent-wise, but they’re exposing just how poorly run their front-office is.