NBA Trade Deadline: Teams Who Must Make a Deal to Become Contenders

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NBA Trade Deadline: Teams Who Must Make a Deal to Become Contenders
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The Clippers still need another piece to become a contender.

Certain teams are currently unquestionable contenders. Oklahoma City, Miami, Chicago (despite continued injuries to Rip Hamilton) and even veteran-laden San Antonio (if everyone stays healthy) are poised to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June. Their assembled cores are capable of accomplishing this feat.

But, who are the teams on the bubble of championship contention? Who are the squads that are just a wise trade away from situating themselves alongside the league's elite?

As the trade deadline nears, it's time to analyze who must make a move to loft themselves into the championship-contender category.

Who will make a bold trade-deadline deal and go "all in" in 2012?

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