The NBA Trade deadline is 9 days away, meaning front office executives and GMs are talking, while not “actively shopping.” If the last two years of NBA Trade Deadline deals (2011 and 2010) are any indication: the usual names that we have heard all season will be discussed. There are a few big names involved who we don’t know about, and several complimentary pieces will inevitably be dealt. All this is an effort by teams to position themselves closer to the title this year or rebuild for titles down the road.
After a very hectic first half of the season, here’s what we know that could shape how this year’s deadline plays out:
- Brandon Jennings is already “exploring” his options for next season
- At their best, Boston may not have enough to contend with Miami or Chicago in the East
- Golden State must decide who they’ll keep long-term: Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry
- Kobe Bryant has more great years in him than we might have expected
- Steve Nash is wasting the last of his great years in Phoenix
- We’re no closer to finding out what the Magic will do about Dwight Howard
We've already taken a crack at deals specific to the Los Angeles Lakers and Pau Gasol, now we tackle other scenarios that could take place.