Things are not always as they seem. That’s as true for NBA teams as it is for anyone else.
Every team enters a season with expectations. Still, every year, teams both exceed and fall short of those expectations.
For example, look at the Indiana Pacers this season. Mot expected them to be tanking. At 10-7, they do not appear to have any intention of doing that.
On the other hand, the Chicago Bulls surely hoped to be better than they have been. At 8-10, they’ve been a disappointment.
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Either one of these teams could change course. On the other hand, they could each make a move to get themselves back on their original path.
This deal is designed to do exactly that.