Across the NBA, all 30 teams have the same goal – to win a championship. Whether they’re aiming to win one now, or later, is the relevant question.
Some teams will enter 2022-23 with an all-or-nothing mentality. Others will enter into it knowing they’ve got no realistic chance of going all the way.
Even then, some teams find themselves somewhere in between those two extremes.
The Utah Jazz may be preparing for the type of season where they know they won’t win a championship. If they trade Donovan Mitchell, they’ll officially be focused on the future. In fact, losses may be desirable for them in 2022-23.
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On the other hand, the Washington Wizards do not appear to be heading in that direction. In fact, they just extended star guard Bradley Beal on a massive deal. They must be aware that their title odds are slim next season, but their goal is likely to get as close as they can.
Assuming that’s true, they should be pursuing impact veterans on rebuilding teams. Like, for example, Mike Conley on the Utah Jazz.