NBA Teams That Need to Make a Blockbuster Trade to Salvage Season

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NBA Teams That Need to Make a Blockbuster Trade to Salvage Season
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The NBA is often thought of as a place where blockbuster trades don't exist. Yet there have already been three involving the 2012-13 season. Are we on the verge of a fourth?

At time of publication, the NBA trade deadline was just 28 days away. With Feb. 21 fast approaching, there are several teams either struggling or without direction. At the halfway point of the season, that isn't a spot you want to be in.

It is getting to be that time when franchises must make a decision. Do they stay the course, whether that means remaining mediocre and hoping something clicks or tanking? Or, can they locate a season-altering trade?

The Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic did it before the season. As did the Atlanta Hawks and New Jersey Nets. The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder waited 'til the last minute before pulling off a high-profile deal.

That deadline is coming, and it's about time some of these franchises poked their heads around the corner to see what needs to be done.

The statistics used in this article were accurate as of Jan. 23.

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