Sometimes the best move an NBA team can make is staying put.
Drafting and developing talent has long enjoyed a reputation as the best way to build a franchise. But that takes time and patience—both rarities in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of professional sports.
The 2012-13 season is young, but not as young as you'd think. There's already a double-digit gap between three Eastern Conference cellar dwellers (Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards) and the conference-leading New York Knicks. Out West, the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets are just a game away from a similar distance between them and the Memphis Grizzlies.
If there are trade discussions around a franchise now, the zeal in those debates will only grow as the February 21, 2013 trade deadline approaches. The looming annual review for these year-to-year workers pours unneeded fuel on these trade fires.
With trade rumors running roughshod over certain franchises, some damage control will be needed. But that's a much greater prospect than making an ill-advised move just to make one.
All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 12/6/2012.