Outside of the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA's most storied franchises are in a state of disarray:
NEW YORK KNICKS
Tradition: Two titles (1970, 1973); eight-time NBA Finalist.
Recent: Just one playoff series victory since 2000, last year against Boston. Missed playoffs six straight years, between 2004 and 2011.
Current: 20-30, 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Future: Bleak. Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent this summer, or he can play one more season under his current contract, for $23.5 million. The Knicks also owe the oft-injured Amare Stoudemire $23.4 million and Tyson Chandler $14.6 million next season, plus they owe Andrea Bargnani $12 million next season.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Tradition: 16 NBA titles, 31 NBA Finals.
Recent: NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, but just two playoff series victories the last three years combined.
Current: 18-32, 13th in the Western Conference.
Future: Wide open. Next season, the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant $23.5 million and Steve Nash $9.7 million. But otherwise, L.A. has little salary commitment. Can the Lakers rebuild immediately?
Tradition: 17 NBA titles, 21 NBA Finals.
Recent: 2008 NBA champion, 2010 NBA Finalist and 2012 Eastern Conference finalist.
Current: 18-33, 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Future: Interesting. The Celtics traded away aging stars for a load of draft picks. Next season, Boston will still owe Rajon Rondo $13 million, Gerald Wallace $10.1 million, Jeff Green $9.2 million and Brandon Bass $6.9 million.
Tradition: Six NBA titles.
Recent: Playoff team eight of the last nine years, including 2011 East finals.
Current: 24-25, sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Future: Dicey. Derrick Rose's repeated injuries have torpedoed three straight Bull seasons. Chicago traded the sturdy Luol Deng for payroll purposes. Next season, the Bulls owe Rose $18.8 million, Carlos Boozer $16.8 million and Joakim Noah $13.15 million.
Tradition: Three NBA titles, seven NBA Finals.
Recent: Four straight non-playoff seasons. No playoff series victories since making six straight East finals, 2003-08.
Current: 20-29, ninth in the Eastern Conference.
Future: Unsettled. Andre Drummond is a budding star who will make just $2.5 million next season. The Pistons owe Josh Smith $14 million next season and Brandon Jennings $8 million.
Tradition: Three NBA titles, nine NBA Finals.
Recent: Just two playoff series victories since making 2001 NBA Finals.
Current: 15-36, 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Future: Open. The 76ers have rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel for years to come. Only Thaddeus Young, at $9.1 million, is a big contract for next season.