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A look at the dismal state of the NBA's landmark franchises

Outside of the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA's most storied franchises are in a state of disarray.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 8, 2014
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photo - Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Heat won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Heat won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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.

CHICAGO BULLS

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.

DETROIT PISTONS

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.

PHILADELPHIA 76ers

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.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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