If the San Antonio Spurs had not been so exacting and proficient in their dismantling of the Miami Heat, we'd be settling in for Game 7 on Friday night. Instead, we're in offseason mode. That's not necessarily a bad thing: The playoffs give way to the draft, which, in turn, leads to free agency and trades. After that, we gear up for the summer leagues. It's not until August that we really get a respite from all things basketball -- and even then, there's still international competition and WNBA play. Professional basketball fans are always on the clock. And so, as the offseason begins in earnest, let's take a look at some of the major stories that will shape the summer.
1. How will the Donald Sterling fiasco affect the Clippers' offseason?
One thing Donald Sterling hasn't fallen out of touch with: his attorneys. At this point, few expect the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer to fall through. But the mere presence of that possibility could nevertheless play a large role in free-agent negotiations. If the sale of the team is held up by litigation -- even momentarily -- a star player might be scared off from considering the Clips. There's still a specter of uncertainty surrounding the franchise right now. Just how much that uncertainty will affect the team's offseason remains unclear, but it's worth monitoring, especially because the Clippers have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for LeBron James.