Cleveland Cavs must stick to the script this off-season

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The Cleveland Cavs have already brought back a very familiar face this off-season.  Nope, not LeBron James.  Even better, Mike Brown has returned to become head coach!  (Crickets)

Now in year three of the post-LeBron rebuilding effort, the Cleveland Cavs front office must stick to the script of the past few summers; build through the draft and avoid making dumb moves via free agency or trade that will ruin their cap space.

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Orlando Magic should blow up their roster this off-season

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The Sports Bank‘s series of NBA off-season team needs pages begins with the worst team in the league this past season; the Orlando Magic.  The franchise suffered a major setback after dealing disgruntled superstar Dwight Howard last off-season.  They enter the off-season stuck with a roster of average talent and rather than trying to scrape by, it is time for the Orlando Magic to blow up their roster and get straight to rebuilding mode.

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2012 NBA off-season winners

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Yesterday, I handed out my dubious awards of which teams ended up “losers” during the 2012 NBA off-season.  Now it’s time to name the winners of the off-season.  At the top of the list, the defending champs who bring more talent to South Beach.
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2012 NBA off-season losers

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All the big moves in the NBA off-season have been made… except that one big guy in Orlando whose name I refuse to mention because I’m fed up with hearing rumors about where or where he might not end up.  So it’s time to dish out some winners and losers of the past few weeks.  Here are a few teams that were losers during the NBA off-season.
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Don’t expect Tim Duncan to leave San Antonio Spurs this off-season

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With smart drafting, wise acquisitions, and the genius puppetmaster Gregg Popovich pulling the strings; the San Antonio Spurs’ dynasty of being NBA title contenders continued this past season.  They face one major objection this summer; re-sign Tim Duncan.

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What Miami Heat can do this off-season to help repeat chances

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Your 2012 NBA Champion, Miami Heat.  That’s really all that needs to be said.  LeBron James got the monkey off his back and took the first step in their promise to win several rings upon his joining powers with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach.  In order for the Heat to repeat next year, they still need to make a few moves this off-season.

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Los Angeles Lakers likely to explore off-season trade options for Pau Gasol

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With a second straight exit in the Western Conference semifinals, the Los Angeles Lakers could be due for another roster shakeup this off-season.  One possibility they will have to strongly consider this off-season is trading Pau Gasol.

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Atlanta Hawks enter off-season with 6 signed players, zero cap space

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It’s going to be an interesting off-season for the Atlanta Hawks.  They enter the summer with only six players under contract for next season yet they are already above what the projected salary cap will be for the 2012-2013 season.  In other words, filling out their roster and improving from last season will require some creative thinking.

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Los Angeles Clippers look to take next step this off-season

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I’d say, “they’re back” but let’s be honest; the Los Angeles Clippers were never truly here to begin with.  For just the fifth time since the franchise made the move across country to the west coast, the Clips made the post-season, even advancing to the semifinals.  The arrival of Chris Paul played a major role in the team stepping out of the shadow of the Lakers.  However, there are still some moves to be made this off-season if the Clippers are going to take the next step of emerging as a legit Western Conference title contender.

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Boston Celtics heading towards a youth movement this off-season?

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Despite coming within a game of advancing to the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are approaching a potential crossroads this off-season with veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen hitting the free agent market.  The question facing the C’s front office is to re-sign their veterans or look towards the future.

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What the Denver Nuggets can do this off-season to get to next level

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The Denver Nuggets nearly pulled off a fairly significant upset in the first round of the NBA Western Conference Playoffs before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.  Their depth has served them well the past two seasons but can that style of play get them to the next level?  That is one of the questions management must explore this off-season.

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Can Orlando Magic do enough this off-season to keep Dwight Howard happy?

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Dwight Howard is still a member of the Orlando Magic… for now.  However, that could be short lived as the team searches for a new general manager, head coach, and improved talent to complement their superstar this off-season.  In doing so, that might be enough to convince Howard to re-sign with Orlando rather than hitting the market as a free agent next summer.
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