Ah, look where we are and where we have landed: in the shades of early September, where fall looms overhead and where GMs find themselves scrambling to look for missing parts for their ongoing team collection. It's that time of year, where teams like Dallas, Detroit and Pat Riley aren't still satisfied with their team outlook. This is the time where many teams are ready for the start of the season, but the weaker ones are just scrapping through the leftovers to sign. This is where the Clippers sstill haven't done a single damn thing and where Miami still looks to rebuild on their so-called "I need to meet the needs of an Alonzo Mourning" process. This is where everyone is left hiding and searching for remains who may still prove valuable, but are crummy nonetheless for that "playoff" team. These are players taken from weak teams with no-namers labelled all over them. It's desperation time, ah look we have landed oh-so-all-of-a-sudden.
The Lakers did their homework this offseason. So did the Spurs. As much as I'd hate to mention it, so did the Kings. It seems like some teams still aren't satisfied. Look at Indiana. If you've read my recent "Fire Larry!" article, then you'll know that the Pacers have screwed themselves up and are looking for desperate trades and cheap free agent signings. Boston didn't do much, so did Phoenix. These are the teams we will be looking for throughout this whole month, which includes that long list of the JailBlazers and the Clippers. The Blazers haven't improved and are on the verge of cutting the playoffs. The Clippers, are well, the Clippers. So if you expect cheap free agent signings this time, with the rare few ones left standing: AKA Jason Terry, Stephen Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, etc. then you've better hope that you're their last hope, especially if your name is Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley or a Boston GM.
The month of August didn't bring much surprises, just the regular scurry of activity, but this month might just bring the desperation out of GMs. There's still a lot of good bait out there (AKA Vladimir Stepania, Bryon Russell, Felipe Lopez and DerMarr Johnson) but teams will have until then to choose wisely. Some of these players might be useful someday, but don't forget, it'll be a while before they become stars and will only be considered "scraps" for the time being. After all, they're leftovers, as the Malones, Paytons, Kidds and Duncans have all been swiped away from free agency planet. If any team can catch a fish with the hook, then they'll be considered lucky. After all, this is desperation time, where GMs battle it out and where the rough gets going continuously.