Washington finished last season 44-38 and reached the second round of the playoffs. In the offseason, Marcin Gortat re-signed with the team on a five-year, $60 million contract. Washington signed Paul Pierce to a two-year contract to replace Trevor Ariza, and also acquired Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair.
New York finished last season 37-45, missing the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the Knicks for five-years and $124 million. The team traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin.
- Paul Palladino