Wednesday , Jul , 25 , 2007 Oly Sandor

NBA Teams Who Have Done The Least This Summer: Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, & San Antonio Spurs

The NBA off-season is in full effect. Most teams are making moves in hopes of improving; however, some teams seem to be enjoying the summer sun. Here are six teams that have been on vacation since the playoffs ended. Click here for news and analysis on this story …

The NBA off-season is in full effect. Most teams are making moves in hopes of improving; however, some teams seem to be enjoying the summer sun. Here are six teams that have been on vacation since the playoffs ended.

Cleveland Cavaliers

In: Nothing to announce so far.

Out: Nothing to announce so far. 

What’s on the table: are trying to re-sign restricted free agents and . Unfortunately, Cleveland’s cap predicament—the club owes 62 million dollars in salary without Pavlovic and Varejao’s new contracts on the book- makes it impossible to add a legitimate point guard.

Will their inactivity matter:  Yes and no. On the one hand, they need to add talent to beat a Western Conference foe in the NBA Finals. On the other hand, they have more than enough to compete in the lowly Eastern Conference.

Denver Nuggets

In: Chucky Atkins.

Out: Steve Blake.

What’s on the table: have a bloated payroll of 78 million dollars. I believe they’re trying to be an off-season seller instead of buyer and will look to move one of their bit ticket contracts like , Kenyon Martin, or maybe even .

Will their inactivity matter: Yes. Denver plays in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Other teams have gotten better, so the Nuggets have to hope the deadly Carmelo and Allen Iverson combination takes another step next year.

Los Angeles Clippers

In: Al Thornton.

Out: Dan Ewing, Jason Hart, and James Singelton.

What’s on the table: need another point guard. Cassell, while still capable of getting the job done, is starting to wear down. And youngster Shaun Livingston is out with an injury. I think veteran Brevin Knight would be a good fit.

Will their inactivity matter: Yes. The Clippers took a step back last season and missed the playoffs. L.A’s other team needs to improve if they want to return to the second-season dance in May.

Miami Heat

In: Daequan Cook.

Out: Jason Kapono.

What’s on the table: has been unsuccessful in their attempts to upgrade the point guard position. Mo Williams re-signed with Milwaukee, while Steve Francis returned to Houston. The Heat is now trying to acquire Rafer Alston from the Rockets.

Will their inactivity matter: This is hard to tell. The Heat should be okay if and are healthy. But Shaq and Flash have struggled with injuries, so the club needs to get younger and more athletic players.

Minnesota Timberwolves.

In: Corey Brewer and Juwan Howard.

Out: Mike James.

What’s on the table: A deal has likely been delayed until the regular season. But, wait for it, the club is currently negotiating a buyout with Troy Hudson, which will clearly solve all their problems.

Will their inactivity matter: Yes. must pull the plug on the Garnett era. It’s not The Big Ticket’s fault. It’s time for everybody to move on. Minnesota shouldn’t put off the inevitable any longer.

San Antonio Spurs.

In: Nothing to announce so far.

Out: Jackie Butler and Luis Scola.

What’s on the table: have quietly re-signed their own free agents: , Fabricio Oberto, and Jacque Vaughn. However, they haven’t added any  outside talent this summer and traded Scola, the best club player in Europe, to Houston.

Will their inactivity matter: No. San Antonio is still the best team in the NBA.They have most of their title-winning core returning next year.

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