A smaller town franchise would recognise that when the second greatest player ever, Kobe Bryant illustrious career is winding down, you would recruit with an eye to the future.
Enter one Steven Nash, a 38 year old veteran who has even gone beyond what even would be considered the "twilight" of his career.
On the surface you may wonder is the a bad decision to recruit another 'grandpa' for the side, or is there a new trend in professional sports that due to disloyalty and player movement you now only need to plan one year ahead?
How will fans adapt to this new style of recruiting? Chasing championships in the short term can be fun but is it sustainable? The theory in the NFL has been disproved, but it hardly can be compared to NBA when the NFL roster can have 82 players compared to the NBA's 12.
The Miami Heat bought a championship last year, and perhaps this year as well. I'm sure the fans loved it in Miami, but it was obvious around the rest of the US and the world that fans were left with an empty feeling that it was to manufactured.
If the Oklahoma Thunder could have gotten up, the memories of the 2011 NBA championship would be remembered as a traditional well deserved championship year.
The manufacturing of the Heat has perhaps forced the hand of the Lakers to do likewise or risk not being competitive. Which is fine for the Lakers, but what about all the franchises that will be left out in the cold because there pulling power and financial gains are much smaller in the smaller town market place?
The NBA is heading silently into dangerous waters, where the money men fight out for championships and the small fries will be left fighting over the crumbs. A sad predicament indeed.