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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Dallas Mavericks bound for off-season makeover?

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From winning the NBA Championship to barely squeaking into the Western Conference Playoffs and being swept out of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder; it was a drastic drop-off for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.  For the first time in quite a while, the Mavs enter the off-season with some cap flexibility and could be due for a roster makeover.

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Utah Jazz in search of backcourt help this off-season

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All things considered, the Utah Jazz showed steady progress this season when some expected them further drop off post-Deron Williams trade.  Now the Jazz enter the off-season with a glaring need; upgrading their talent in the backcourt.

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Phoenix Suns’ future depends on free agent Steve Nash

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With Steve Nash hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent this off-season, it could be the end of an era for the Phoenix Suns and the beginning of a re-building effort.  Here is a look at the Suns’ off-season team needs.

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Portland Trail Blazers should be very active this off-season

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At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, the Portland Trail Blazers were my sleeper pick to make a run in the Western Conference.  I looked like a genius early on as the Blazers won seven of their first nine games.  Things quickly turned downhill though as Portland missed out on the playoffs and now enters the off-season with a boat load of needs.

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Optimism actually surrounds Minnesota Timberwolves this off-season

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40 games into the 2011-2012 NBA season and the Minnesota Timberwolves were actually competing for a Western Conference playoff spot.  An injury to Ricky Rubio derailed the T-Wolves surprising start to the season but proved that there is reason for optimism in Minnesota and that the team doesn’t need to make any drastic moves this off-season.  Still, a few upgrades could help them get back into post-season next year.

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