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.