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    Default Who has the Best Future in the Eastern Conference and who has the Worst?

    Based on a combination of Cap flexibility, Internal Growth, Draft Picks, Likeliness to attract Free Agents and Current Roster who would you say has the best and worst future in the East? In my opinion it's:

    Worst: Brooklyn Nets

    Best: Washington Wizards

    I would definitely put Toronto in the Top 3 for Best Futures.
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    Worst: Brooklyn, no question

    Best: Cleveland (assuming LeBron signs resigns in two years)
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    call me crazy but

    Worst: Miami (Bosh is not a franchise player, Wade is on decline, Deng is a short term contract) I just see the Heat having an absolute bust of a season, and being forced to blow it up cause none is gonna want to step into Lebron's shoes.

    Best: Obviously Cleveland- best player in the game today with either A. the projected best player in the game in the future (wiggins) or B. the best PF/top 5 players in the game today thats only 25 in KLove + a young core just entering their prime (Kyrie, Thompson, Bennett, Waiters)

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    Quote RepTdot wrote: View Post
    call me crazy but

    Worst: Miami (Bosh is not a franchise player, Wade is on decline, Deng is a short term contract) I just see the Heat having an absolute bust of a season, and being forced to blow it up cause none is gonna want to step into Lebron's shoes.

    Best: Obviously Cleveland- best player in the game today with either A. the projected best player in the game in the future (wiggins) or B. the best PF/top 5 players in the game today thats only 25 in KLove + a young core just entering their prime (Kyrie, Thompson, Bennett, Waiters)
    But they have draft picks.. BKN doesn't

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    Worst: Brooklyn to the power of 9000!!!

    Best: Depends on how you view the future. If it's something more present, you have to say Cleveland and I don't need to explain. But I'll make the case for the Raptors. Obviously the team's one reason. Depth, cap space, easy conference+easiest division ever, Drake and the emergence of Toronto as a viable destination and you have yourself a bright future.
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    Worst: Tough to guess. The 2016 free agency will mean so much. The new TV deal, Brooklyn and Miami will have a ton of cap space, both are very attractive locations. They could end up with empty hands, or they could reload.

    It could be one of them, but I'll say Atlanta. Al Horford is injured, Millsap has just 1 year left. Millsap will definitely be targeted by other teams next summer. Also, neither of them is very young. If Millsap leaves, I don't know what they do. If Millsap stays, their future doesn't seem very bright either.

    Best: Cleveland. As long as they stop being their own enemy. It's silly to offer Wiggins when (A) the next best offer is an aging David Lee + a scrub (Harrison Barnes), and (B) they can sign Love next summer. They should hold firm. If they keep Wiggins, they'll either get Love in a trade anyway because Minnesota runs out of options, or they sign Love next summer, or they sign some other very good free agent next summer.

    If they trade Wiggins for Love, I'd still put them at the top of this list. But in that case some team could catch up. Kyrie isn't the healthiest player, LeBron could start declining, a lot of teams will have cap space and can add good players. I could see some team getting ahead of Cleveland.

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    I can't say Brooklyn has the worst future as long as they have thier billionaire owner. They will just lay low for a seson or two and accumulate assets then go back to making a big splash and their spending ways and into the tax. I still think a team like Millwuakee will continue to be really bad despite landing Parker. They never seem to have a clear plan on how to get better and aren't a desirable destination for free agents.

    Brightest immediate future I think belongs to Chicago.The instability at the top of the East has left the door wide open for them to step in and claim the #1 seed this season and if Rose comes back remotely healthy that team is a serious contender.

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    I HATE how Washington stole our shine as the young up and coming team that'll be a big threat in a couple years. We were that for the majority of the season but then they stole it when they got to the second round and we didn't.

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    worst: ATL, probably. no one wants to go there. zero fan base. good enough to not get a blue chipper through the lottery but not good enough to ever really do anything.

    runner up: bucs. another team no one wants to play for. their office is a complete mess, too. i LOVE Po and think he's going to be a better version of shawn marion but he's going to be in a sad situation for a long time. reminds me of KG in minnesota.

    best: Cavs, potentially. yeah yeah they have lebron but they also have a TON of good, young talent. question is will they develop it? if they trade for Love this goes out the window since me putting them here hinges big time on wiggins.

    runner up: Raps. i really like our young guys and we've got 2 first rounders in 2016, the same year durant becomes a free agent plus we've got the best president and GM in the business. i trust them completely to put is in position to succeed and be contenders in the next couple years.
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    The Raps are in a group of young teams that have a chance of doing something special in the future. There are so many factors that can increase or decrease chances over the seasons, that none of us knows whose got the BEST future.

    That said, I'll say the Raps, because they have the BEST fans!!

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    Worst: take your pick. Atlanta (@ceez), Milwaukee (front office ineptitude), Brooklyn. I'll go with the Hawks because they have no cornerstones in place, just kind of in a holding pattern with horford, Teague and millsap. Brooklyn will find ways to compete, so long as that ownership sticks around, Milwaukee has the ROY in Jabari.

    Best: Philly. not in the next few years, but I have been impressed at the amount of assets they have been able to accumulate since the Iguodala deal. A core of MCW, NoŽl and Embiid has mind blowing defensive potential. And they will be adding at least one more blue chipper in 2015 draft. They also have the best cap situation in the league for the foreseeable future (til MCW re ups in 3 years). They are the new OKC East IMO.

    *Obviously CLE has the best immediate future with or without wiggins. But as long as you have LeBron the team will remain a house of cards, albeit a very luxurious one.
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    Worst: Sixers ... going to be so bad again this year ... 2 high picks this year will not even play. Maybe Saric never comes over ... Noel and Embiid with injury problems ... not chance of any FA choosing Philly for a long, long time.

    Best: Raptors will have max cap space next year, all 1st rounders in tact plus more, adding to a top 3 finish with a young core mostly under 25.
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    Hard for me to define future.. if future is 3 years from now then I'd say the worst is probably Miami. Don't like the max contract on Bosh at his age.. before Lebron they were never a free agent destination and won't really be getting good draft picks either.

    The best will probably be Cleveland. Have to pick the team that has the best player on the planet playing for them. Hate the Irving contract but he could easily be dealt in a trade despite his contract.

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    Best Outlook: Cleveland, best player in the league, Kyrie on the verge on being in his prime, other young assets. If they don't trade Wiggins they'll have an opportunity to go on a Spursian run. And have close to two decades of 50+ win seasons. (Cap space could ruin things though).

    Best Outlook (runner up): Philly. How anyone can say they have the worst outlook is crazy to me. They have tons of young assets. Yes it'll take 4-6 years for those guys to reach their potential, but I think they've made a lot of smart moves. Building the right way (draft/young pieces) instead of settling for the treadmill they were on since 2000.

    Worst Outlook: Brooklyn. No chance, no draft picks. The way the East has shaped up, I don't think they make the playoffs. (Sidenote: Owner's shouldn't made proclamtions...)
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    Quote ezz_bee wrote: View Post
    Best Outlook: Cleveland, best player in the league, Kyrie on the verge on being in his prime, other young assets. If they don't trade Wiggins they'll have an opportunity to go on a Spursian run. And have close to two decades of 50+ win seasons. (Cap space could ruin things though).

    Best Outlook (runner up): Philly. How anyone can say they have the worst outlook is crazy to me. They have tons of young assets. Yes it'll take 4-6 years for those guys to reach their potential, but I think they've made a lot of smart moves. Building the right way (draft/young pieces) instead of settling for the treadmill they were on since 2000.

    Worst Outlook: Brooklyn. No chance, no draft picks. The way the East has shaped up, I don't think they make the playoffs. (Sidenote: Owner's shouldn't made proclamtions...)
    I'd say they 76ers have been on the treadmill since about 04. Before that, AI had them killing the east.
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    I steadfastly disagree with most posters here. Brooklyn not the worst outlook at all. People saying that are likely those who thought they would miss the playoffs this year, and instead they beat our assess (unfortunately ..)
    - While the dont have a tonne of draft picks (or barely any at all), they still have a bunch of good players (don't forget Brook Lopez injured last year), a rich owner, an attractive location and cap space coming up.
    Worst outlook is probably the Bucks - shit location, no one wants to go there. They have the greek freak and parker .. but nothing else .. and those two are still pretty unproven. Next would be Philly (assets, but MAJOR RISK) and Charlotte imo
    - Best outlook definitely the Cavs .. not even close. Raps would be towards the top, but the big swing factors are TR and JV, both of whom have yet to really play out. If at least one of them doesnt push towards all star status, we arent going anywhere real. If they do, I like our chances.

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    Best: PHI or MIL
    Worst: NY or BOS

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    Best: In the immediate future, the Bulls,Cavs and Wizards. Charlotte looks very promising as well.

    For the long term, I would say that the Raptors, 76ers, Magic, and Bucks(Brandon Knight, Parker, Giannis, John Henson, Colonel Sanders(assuming he doesn't get into trouble)) I'll throw in the Celtics as well.

    Worst: Brooklyn for sure, Miami is in that danger zone as well. At least Miami have draft picks, but they appear to be heading for mediocracy. The Knicks are in for some trouble, but I think that retaining Anthony was huge. Their young players all look promising currently (Tim Hardaway jr, Cleananthony Early, Shane Larkin, and even Shumpert if he can find his offensive touch).

    I also am curious to see how the situation will unfold in Detroit.

    For the immediate future, all of the teams that I mentioned would have long term success will likely be the worst in the conference this season.(other than the Raptors)
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    best probably boston:
    they got a lot of draft picks in the futre
    they have a lot of expiring contracts
    they have good tradeable assets
    they have a young superstar in rondo
    they have a lot of other young players that are really talented like sullinger, olynyk, smart, young, zeller, etc.

    worst: nets
    they don't have their own draft pthey

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    Best Future is a bit subjective but I think the 76ers have the best future lined up, with the caveat that they get and stay healthy. Noel (knee) and Embiid (foot) have the upside of a Garnett, Olujuwon front court...which is terrifying.

    Worst Future...Brooklyn is in win now mode with declining pieces and health issues. They have also surrendered every pick between now and 2050. Unless the can blow up the roster and get half decent pieces for them...I do not like the future of this team
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