Lessons Learned from Last Year's NBA Trade Deadline

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Lessons Learned from Last Year's NBA Trade Deadline
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Dwight Howard, then, of the Orlando Magic

Traditionally, the countdown to the NBA's trade deadline is one of the more exciting times of the year for fans of the game. Certainly, there are lessons to be learned from last year’s.

Contenders usually take one last roll of the dice to try to shore up whatever weaknesses the team may have, while pretenders often opt to ship out higher-salaried veteran players in an attempt to bring back draft picks and/or create salary cap relief for the summer.

This season, the NBA’s trade deadline falls on February 21 and there has been plenty of chatter about players who may be finding new homes between now and then.

Out in Los Angeles, as the Lakers' struggles continue, conversations the team is having about dealing Pau Gasol continue.

In Memphis, despite being one of the top teams in the Western Conference over the last few years, rumors of trimming payroll and dealing either Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph persist.

And for heaven's sake, even Paul Pierce—the 2008 NBA Finals MVP—has been rumored to have been shopped around.

Sometimes, the best moves an NBA team makes are the ones it doesn't make.

Here are some lessons from last year’s NBA trade deadline.

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