ATLANTIC Winner: Toronto. Gets out of division with Pacers and Pistons. Possible to rebuild quickly and leap over Knicks, Celtics, and Sixers. Loser: None.
CENTRAL Winner: None. Loser: Chicago. Stuck with Pacers and Pistons, who aren't going anywhere, and improving Cavs and Bucks.
SOUTHEAST Winners: Miami and Orlando. Miami should rule this division of weaklings for the near future, and Orlando only needs to get T-Mac a little help to be a solid second. (Also, would it surprise anyone if the Bobcats finished 3rd in this division with around 22 wins?) Loser: None.
NORTHWEST Winners: Everyone, for getting out of either the Pacific (Lakers and Kings) or Midwest (Spurs, Mavs, and Rockets) and getting a guaranteed 3 seed instead of struggling to get to 4 and having home court in the first round. Loser: None.
SOUTHWEST Winner: None. What a tough divison! Losers: Memphis and New Orleans. Both will have a tough time cracking the division's top three, meaning a 6-seed at best come playoff time.
PACIFIC Winners: Lakers and Kings. Like the Red Sox and Yankees, they should be the clear faves to finish 1-2 in this division for years. Loser: None.
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Paul Pierce is going to retire a Celtic. I really can't see any other outcome. If he gets traded, he will retire before he wears another jersey. I'm definitely not a Boston guy, but I have a TON of respect for Double-P.