For every NBA team, the eventual goal is a championship. With that said, every NBA team doesn’t have a realistic chance of achieving that goal in 2022-23.
Some teams already know they won’t be in contention for the title. These are the league’s rebuilding teams. Some of them will be angling for losses to improve their lottery odds, while others will simply be hoping to see some incremental improvement.
Other teams will be in championship-or-bust mode. Those are the league’s serious contenders. On the other hand, some teams may be a trade away from joining their ranks.
These are the NBA’s fringe contenders. They are good, talented teams.
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At the same time, they are evidently a piece or two away from having a real shot at walking away from the season with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Here are some deals that could help them enter the season with that shot.