On the Raptors and Celtics trying to take the next step as playoff contenders, the Knicks working on building around Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, while the 76ers and Nets look long-term.
The Nets should trade Brook Lopez. They're awful and need to collect as many long-term assets as they can. The assumption that they can get any by selling Lopez to the highest bidder may be false. He's a pretty good player, but right now an obvious trade partner doesn't exist.
On a team loaded with veterans, Kristaps Porzingis is by far the biggest X-factor when attempting to project the success of the new-look Knicks. What can Porzingis improve upon in order to begin grasping his potential as a game-changing two way player?
During the last five years, Yi Jianlian has proven that while the hype may have been overblown, he is a good basketball player who is worthy of another shot in the NBA.
Ben Simmons may be shooting with the wrong hand, but even if he's not, he can develop his shot similarly to Blake Griffin to operate effectively around the elbows.