In Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and De'Anthony Melton, the dashed dreams of the 2018 Rockets have found new foundation.
Time is on the side of these Knicks. There are many directions that RJ Barrett can take from here that would work for the team and their next steps as a franchise, and he's still just scratching the surface of those.
The Cavaliers have implied that they believe their young trio have cultivated a vibe so strong that a player who's demonstrated a tendency toward tantrum will be persuaded to become his best self with their team- not just for those first few glowing months, but for good.
What Donovan Mitchell is seeking, beyond the experience of living and working in a massive media capital, is not personal growth so much as to be glimpsed from a fresh angle.