2015 NBA Team Needs - Eastern Conference
A look at the team needs for each Eastern Conference NBA team heading into the offseason. Teams may look to fill their needs through the draft, free agency or trade.
Team Needs for the Western Conference.
Boston Celtics - SF,PF,C
Even with all the youth on the Celtics' roster, Boston needs to find another center and get bigger. Brandon Bass will become a free agent, so finding someone to play power forward after Jared Sullinger will be key. The Celtics can still get younger on the wing and go after someone who can play defense.
Brooklyn Nets - SG,SF,PF
The Nets will looking for power forwards to play behind Thaddeus Young and improve their frontcourt depth. Getting another wing player would be beneficial and would give the Nets some rotation flexibility with Joe Johnson.
New York Knicks - PG,SG,PF
Since taking over the Knicks, president Phil Jackson has cleared the way for the team to be players in the offseason. The Knicks will be needing players who can run the Triangle as well as play alongside Carmelo Anthony.
Philadelphia Sixers - PG,SG,SF
The Sixers remains one of the league's biggest rebuilding project. It appeared they found a young core with Michael Carter-Williams running the point, but they shipped off to Milwaukee. Finding someone to play the position figures to be a priority. The front court looks ready to go as center Joel Embiid is expected to make his debut next season, and it will be interesting to watch him play alongside Nerlens Noel.
Toronto Raptors - SF,PF,C
The Raptors have a number of players becoming unrestricted free agents. The list includes Amir Johnson, Landry Fields, Chuck Hayes, Lou Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, and Greg Stiemsma.
Chicago Bulls - PG,SG,C
The Bulls will have to consider adding another point guard as long as Derrick Rose's future remains a question. More backcourt depth wouldn't hurt the Bulls either even if Jimmy Butler returns. As for the front court, it's only getting older so getting young bodies down low will be wanted.
Cleveland Cavaliers - PG,SF,PF
The Cavaliers need some wing players to improve their depth, especially a backup small forward to play behind LeBron James. Finding someone at point guard is also key with Matt Dellavedova currently backing up Kyrie Irving. Frontcourt depth wouldn't hurt and would almost become necessary if Kevin Love were to leave.
Detroit Pistons - PG,SF,C
Finding a point guard to either play behind Reggie Jackson or replace him will be vital for Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons. Getting a young small forward will be necessary as well with Tayshaun Prince's contract off the books. There's always the Greg Monroe situation. They Pistons might get some frontcourt insurance in case he leaves.
Indiana Pacers - PG,SG,PF
Finding a power forward will be key for the Pacers over the summer. David West's numbers have been down over the year while Luis Scola enters free agency. Their backcourt could use some help at both positions as well.
Milwaukee Bucks - SG,PF,C
Khris Middleton's free agency will the Buck's biggest concern over the summer. He is the only player on the current roster that isn't under contract for next season. Since he is a restricted free agent, it will be up to the Bucks if he returns. The Bucks will also need to find frontcourt players after Larry Sanders decided to retire.
Atlanta Hawks - SG,SF,PF
The Hawks raced out to the East's best record but have two starters hitting free agency in Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. Resigning Millsap will be a priority with Elton Brand's contract also expiring, but the Hawks will still be looking for some frontcourt depth. Help along the perimeter will also be needed.
Charlotte Hornets - PG,SG,PF
Mo Williams will hit free agency so the Hornets will need another point guard in case Kemba Walker goes down again. The Hornets could also very well find someone to complement Walker in their backcourt. Except for Al Jefferson, the Hornets front court could be improved, especially at the power forward position if Noah Vonleh doesn't pan out.
Miami Heat - PG,SG,SF
After trading for Goran Dragic, the Heat will looking to keep his services over the summer, but should prepare otherwise. Finding a long term solution at shooting guard should be a priority as well as Dwyane Wade continues to age. Their frontcourt looks solidified after Hassan Whiteside's emergence, but they could use a better small forward to help Luol Deng.
Orlando Magic - SG,SF,PF
Tobias Harris is set to become a restricted free agent and should see a number of offers from other teams. If the price is too high to keep him, the Magic will look to replace him. Getting a wing player should be their priority considering the backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo while Nikola Vucevic handles duties down low.
Washington Wizards - PG,SF,PF
Finding a backup for John Wall will always be in issue with Washington. They will also need to find some frontcourt depth to backup Nene and Marcin Gortat. Along the perimeter, the Wizards could benefit from another shooter who can open things up for Wall.