|Happy August, the post-championship/post-draft/post-free agency/post-summer league hangover. It's far too soon for a final rating of the offseason considering the number of free-agent decisions pending and the lingering possibility of major trades before training camps open. But the slowdown in transactions offers a fair chance to take stock.|
The best collective development is that most of the teams that figured to be contenders anyway have all had very aggressive and successful vacations. The Lakers, Magic, Spurs, Cavaliers and Celtics, as well as the Trail Blazers, Mavericks and Hornets a notch below, have made big scores.
And then there are the Bulls, Rockets and 76ers.