Armed with buckets of cash, general manager Danny Ferry didn't make too big of a splash in the free-agent market. He inked Paul Millsap, a very underrated power forward to replace Smith. After that, the Hawks brought in Elton Brand and DeMarre Carroll to fortify the second unit.
The Celtics are in a complete, total and very public rebuild.
P.J. Carlesimo took over, earned Brooklyn the fourth seed in the east, then lost to a Chicago Bulls team with a traveling MASH unit in Game 7 in Brooklyn.
Two seasons ago, the Bobcats had the worst winning percentage in league history. If not for a labor-shortened season, Charlotte could have enjoyed the worst record ever.
Derrick Rose missed the entire 2012-13 NBA season after he tore his ACL in the first round of the playoffs in 2012.
In 2010, Cleveland fired head coach Mike Brown following the season, but have reunited with the man that took the franchise to an NBA Finals appearance in 2007. After guiding the Cavs to a franchise best 66-16 record in 2009, Brown's bunch reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, before they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics.
Last year, Deron Williams spurned the Mavs in favor of staying with the Brooklyn Nets. This summer, Dwight Howard headed to Texas alright, but signed with the Houston Rockets.
The Nuggets were upset in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. It marked the ninth first-round exit in 10 consecutive postseason appearances.
Josh Smith was considered by most to be the second-best free agent on the market after Dwight Howard. Smith, a versatile, but enigmatic forward, inked a four-year, $54 million deal to complete a long, athletic front court. And, man, did Smith sound like he loved Detroit from the start.
Now it's pretty much the Steph Curry show and his sharp-shooting prowess from anywhere on the floor. Curry can distribute the ball as evidenced by his 6.9 apg average last season, but he can kill defenses around the perimeter and finished third in three-point shooting in 2012-13 (45.3). More importantly, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record by draining 272 three-pointers and became the only player in NBA history to hit 250 three- pointers and dish out 500 assists in a single season and the only player to average at least 3.0 threes and 6.0 assists.
"This is very special. Words really can't explain how I feel about being here," Howard said. "It is a fresh start, a clean slate. I am looking forward to doing it in Houston with these beautiful fans behind me. I think it is going to be great. I am looking forward to embracing this city and giving them everything I got."
The Pacers have a strong core with Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger and David West. George emerged as one of the league's top players last season and Hibbert solidified himself as one of the best all-around centers the NBA.
Since the team was moved to both San Diego and Los Angeles, the Clippers have made it to the postseason in back-to-back years on only two occasions, including last season's first-round appearance. The Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the Clippers in six games in the Western Conference quarterfinals and changes were made in the City of Angels.
An Achilles injury can end a player's career, just ask former New York Giants All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Taylor was still in tip-top shape when the injury derailed his career and Bryant is hoping that won't be the case for him. Bryant has steadfastly pushed his body to the limit in his rehabilitation process, but it's still uncertain when the 15-time All-Star will return.
It's not typical for a team that finished better than ever had before to let their leader walk, but the Grizzlies did just that.
The three-time champion Heat should be riding high, and are to some degree.
That kind of situation is doom. So, the Bucks made huge changes, starting with head coach Larry Drew, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks. He replaced Jim Boylan, who replaced Scott Skiles, who left during the season.
Just don't tell that to Minnesota.
New Orleans is also banking on guard Eric Gordon finally staying healthy for the first time since he was acquired in the deal that sent former franchise player Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in December of 2011.
In the offseason, the Knicks didn't need to do much to improve. The roster was solid, but that didn't stop New York from bringing in two polarizing forwards.
OKC finished with the best record in the West and had the No. 1 seed. Optimism brimmed at a chance to avenge their Finals loss.
Minus Howard, and eventually traded veteran guard J.J. Redick, the Magic slipped to 20-62 for their lowest winning percentage (.244) since going 18-64 (.220) in their inaugural season as an NBA franchise in 1989-90.
Finally, the Sixers had a true superstar, which is necessary to win an NBA title.
The Suns are coming off another disappointing season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past three years and four times over the previous five seasons. They were 25-57 in 2012-13, the lowest win total since recording 27 wins in the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign, and even made a coaching change. Alvin Gentry was replaced by Lindsey Hunter on Jan. 18 after a 13-28 record and the Suns went 12-29 the rest of the way.
The Portland Trail Blazers General Manager took over a franchise riddled with injuries after the 2010 season and could have thrown in the towel. Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, once thought to be franchise cornerstones, both suffered multiple knee injuries which would derail their careers in Portland.
Mike Malone was tabbed as head coach back in June and was the top assistant to the Warriors' Mark Jackson the past two seasons. He was previously an assistant coach for the Knicks, Hornets and Cavaliers, and is the Kings' 25th head coach, replacing Keith Smart, who went 48-93 in two seasons in Sacramento. The Kings finished 13th in the Western Conference with a 28-54 record in 2012-13 and it was time for a facelift.
Miami prevailed in the extra session of Game 6, outlasted the Spurs in Game 7 and walked off with back-to-back titles.
The first order of business for Uijiri was to move former overall No. 1 pick, Andrea Bargnani. The Italian forward with an injury history was dealt to the New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a first- round pick and two second-round picks.
Rebuilding is a much nicer word. Let's call it rebuilding, rebuilding around youth even.
The second part was the 24-25 finish.
International Basketball's governing body, FIBA, released the rosters for the World Cup, formerly known as the World Championships, which begins Saturday.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with guard Keith Bogans in exchange for the Sixers' protected 2015 second-round pick.
The Philadelphia 76ers signed guard Darius Johnson-Odom to a 10-day contract on Friday and waived guard Lorenzo Brown.
It's commonly accepted that there has been one case in history where the sequel has been either as good or better than the original.
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman will miss Monday's contest against the Houston Rockets for personal reasons.
In what has become a highlight of the NBA calendar, All-Star Saturday festivities will commence from Smoothie King Center.
After days of intense speculation concerning his future, Carmelo Anthony broke his silence on Sunday, announcing that he will indeed re-sign with the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony will officially hit free agency.
At least one member of this year's star- studded NBA free agent class will be staying with his old team.
The New York Knicks will have leading scorer Carmelo Anthony back on the court when the team continues its current road trip with Thursday's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending Jan. 12.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending March 9.
Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur and guard Nate Robinson have exercised their contract options for the 2014-15 season.
Conditions at the AT&T Center will be much cooler for Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
New South Wales, Australia (Sports Network) - Eighteen-year-old Dante Exum of Australia has announced he will enter this year's NBA Draft, according to The Australian.
The Atlanta Hawks announced that John Jenkins will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful lower back surgery on Monday.
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets has been diagnosed with a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, and several sources are saying the center may be lost for the rest of the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers officially have a new owner in former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Leandro Barbosa to a second 10-day contract.