Perhaps the most enchanting part of the NBA trade season comes in the months leading up to the trade deadline, when nearly every star on an underperforming team is said to be available.
Typically, the actual trade deadline comes and goes without the widely reported blockbuster rumors ever taking shape. But that's not to suggest that the day lacks for movement or drama, either.
Big names may dominate media coverage, but often the most important trades come when championship hopefuls become championship contenders with savvy, under-the-radar acquisitions.
The 2013 rumor mill hasn't been short on name power, with Memphis Grizzlies Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph, Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol and Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith among the players already generating buzz.
Any one of these players may ultimately be dealt prior to the Feb. 21 deadline, but there a slew of productive, oft-overlooked contributors much more likely to see a change of address in their immediate future.