If you’re a team’s General Manager, you need to do a lot of bold moves in order to rest assure that your team’s going to fare well next season, even if those moves may wind up looking strange at the time.
But, more often than not, some of those moves don’t pay off and everybody around the team winds up regretting what they did (or didn’t do). Obviously, you’re never going to know how something may happen unless it’s done.
And, even though nobody can turn back time and change the past to change the present, some GM’s would definitely love to be able to do that. Today, we’re going to let you know about the biggest regrets of the season for some of them.
5. Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers received a lot of offers for standout center DeAndre Jordan the last season, as he was set to become an unrestricted free agent and rumors about his departure continued to grow by the day.
The team was extremely confident in their ability to retain their rim protector, and even rejected a trade offer involving the Cavs’ 1st round pick (that wind up being Collin Sexton), just to see Jordan walk out for free.
4. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets needed to make numbers work last season, as they knew they were going to match any bids Clint Capela got and were determined to keep Chris Paul with the team for the long run as well.
Naturally, they wind up overpaying for an aging Chris Paul that’s constantly getting hurt and paying Capela big time (a great move), and that prevented them from resigning Trevor Ariza, one of their best 3 and D player. Now, they’re mightily struggling to get stops.
3. Miami Heat
There were a lot of rumors surrounding an imminent Hassan Whiteside trade, as he was no longer comfortable in Miami and Coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t trust him out there in crunch time either.
The Heat got several offers but Whiteside but they didn’t feel like they were getting enough value in return. Also, they refused to kickstart a rebuilding process. Now, they’re stuck in mediocrity and Whiteside’s value keeps getting lower by the day.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers took a gamble on Kevin Love and handed him a very lucrative extension to keep him as their post LeBron franchise player, even amid all the trade rumors surrounding the power forward.
Instead, they should’ve just traded him away like everybody expected, as they could save a lot of money and get some picks or young players in return for their rebuilding process, instead of overpaying so much for him and making him pretty much untradeable now.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers entered this offseason with high expectations and even though they got LeBron, it was kind of disappointing for them and their fans, and truth to be told, they should’ve resigned Julius Randle to have the ultimate small ball team with him playing center.
Moreover, what they must be regretting the most is how conservative they were with the Kawhi Leonard situation, as they didn’t want to risk losing Ball, Ingram or Kuzma to get him when they could get him for free next summer. Still, they’re 2-5 and it’s clear that they need another superstar if they intend to beat the Warriors.