The NBA trade deadline is gone, but it is not forgotten.
It has been nearly a month since the NBA feeding frenzy subsided, and the aftermath of completed deals are now beginning to materialize.
Some triggers were pulled to preserve hope for the future, while others went off with the expectation that dividends would be paid immediately.
Regardless of intentions, not everything goes according to plan, and even if it does, there's no guarantee it works out for the best.
Subsequently, now is a time for teams to reflect, evaluate and most importantly, accept the fact that for better or worse, this is their post-deadline reality.