With little more than a month left in the regular season, teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are preparing for the last push to the playoffs and the NBA Finals.
Then there's the rest of the Association.
It's unofficially hot seat season in the NBA, as coaches, players and general managers alike are feeling the heat. Here are five people whose jobs are up in the air as we head into spring.
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Rob Hennigan, GM, Orlando Magic
Hennigan, the NBA's youngest general manager at 34 years old, has been on the job in Orlando for five years — and the Magic have nothing to show for his efforts.
Seriously, who on this roster piques your interest as a potential star in the making? Aaron Gordon is pretty good, but Orlando stunted his growth by trying to play him at small forward rather than letting him flourish at the four.
Hennigan is under contract through next season. If he fails to nail this draft, however, it's hard to see how he lasts much longer with the Magic.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Chicago Bulls
Like Hennigan, Rondo is under contract through next year, so he'll probably have a job somewhere in the NBA in 2017-18. Whether that's with the Bulls remains a huge question, though.
Rondo fueled midseason drama in Chicago when he called out Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, and he's no longer even an average NBA point guard. Beyond that, the Bulls should have an eye on developing a point guard for the future instead of continuing to play a guy whose best days are well behind him.
Unless Rondo blows away the front office over the final month of the season, his time as an NBA starter should come to an end in April.
Jeff Hornacek, head coach, New York Knicks
Hornacek has done a fine job in New York, given the circumstances that come with coaching the Knicks. With Phil Jackson and his beloved triangle offense looming, though, Hornacek's days in the Big Apple are very obviously numbered.
The only way he can save his job is to change his name to Tex Winter, embrace the triangle offense like it's his own child and cede complete control of coaching decisions to the Zen Master ... and even then, they'll both get fired in two years as the Knicks continue to fail.
Brett Brown, head coach, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid is done for the season. Ben Simmons won't play this year. Nerlens Noel was is gone. Sam Hinkie, the man who hired you and built "The Process" is toast, too.
If I'm Brett Brown, I take one look around over the next month of the 2016-17 season and decide I'm done with this nonsense. Why keep banging your head against the wall in this awful situation when Gregg Popovich will welcome you back with open arms to an organization that actually knows what it's doing?
Doc Rivers, head coach, Los Angeles Clippers
At some point, you can't keep doing the same thing year-in and year-out and expect better results. The Clippers have been more or less the same team since they hired Rivers as coach and senior VP of basketball operations in 2013, and they've come up short again and again.
They aren't getting any better without a major wave of change throughout the organization. Short of shocking the basketball world with a trip to the NBA Finals this year, it's time for the Clippers to part ways with Rivers.