7 NBA Teams Most Likely to Make a Trade Before Deadline

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7 NBA Teams Most Likely to Make a Trade Before Deadline
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA's trade deadline is Feb. 21, and these teams are the most likely to make a deal to improve their team. What makes the looming cutoff so intriguing is how the definition of "improve" can vary from team to team.

For struggling (or just incomplete) teams that hope to advance far in this season's playoffs, it means exactly what you would think it means: They want to get better immediately by acquiring better players.

Other franchises will define "improve" differently, however, instead looking further ahead in an attempt to ensure they have long-term salary-cap flexibility and a few young prospects who can grow into their roles.

Nevertheless, general managers throughout the league will be fielding countless phone calls regarding their players, and several seemed poised to make a deal.

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