Offseason blueprints

ESPN Insider explains what every NBA team could -- and should -- do this summer

Updated: June 30, 2010, 11:32 AM ET

Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty ImagesNew York, Miami, New Jersey and Chicago all want LeBron. But what happens if they don't get him?

Chris Broussard and Ric Bucher are drawing up offseason blueprints for every team in the NBA, examining what each team's plan is and offering advice on alternative options. Based on salary-cap considerations, organizational philosophies and other factors, they've divided the league into six groups.


They're all after LeBron James and other max-contract free agents. But what other plans do they have up their sleeves?


With big-name free agents likely walking away, these teams will have to scramble to get something in return.


They don't have the cap room to sign a big-time free agent, but they'll actively seek major trades.


The acquisitions don't have to be big, but these teams are looking to make changes just for change's sake.


These teams are targeting particular areas of need, which they could address through niche free agents or clever trades.


Their rosters are largely locked in, so these teams need to find unusual ways to improve as they chase a title next season.