We all know Brooklyn is in a win now situation with their $200 million payroll. I have a feeling when Brook Lopez comes back from his foot injury that this team will struggle out of the gate just because they are so used to their unorthodox small ball lineup. Paul Pierce still has a lot of game left but KG just looks like a shell of his former shelf. I also, see Shaun Livingston getting an offer that not only includes a raise but also, a lot more minutes and responsibility someplace else. Although this team has proven veterans I just can't see this team taking the regular season as seriously as they should be.
Philly on the other hand is probably going to get someone along the lines of Parker or Wiggens but I think they'll let their young guys run the show this year with a couple of 1 year deals just so they maintain cap space but also, have a high enough draft pick to stockpile talent on valuable rookie-scale contracts.
Phil Jackson is a presence and we can't deny how someone couldn't be attracted by his sheer star power. New York is a team that somewhat scares me because they have the talent to do damage but they were just held back this year through injuries and lack of veteran leadership. If this team somehow had a veteran voice to guide the locker room and all the knuckleheads ala "Pipe" Smith then maybe we could see this Knicks team challenge us for the division title. This is however pending if Carmelo does resign and proven veterans sign with the Knicks.
Danny Ainge can make magic and we all know that he's trying to make some "fireworks" happen this offseason. Potentially they have a bunch of young pieces and adding a player like Gordan Hayward would add so much versatility on the wing position.Adding a great big that can play the pick and roll to perfection would also make this team a tougher opponent. The more options you have for Rajon Rondo the more dangerous this team can become.
Out of all these teams who do you guys see as a viable challenger for our division title?