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Predicting Which Players Will Be Impacted by NBA Trade Deadline
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The NBA trade season is officially under way.

The unassuming trade that kicked things off (a salary dump by the Memphis Grizzlies that sent three reserves and a pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers) was barely a blip on basketball's radar.

If things don't take a drastic turn, that could be an ongoing theme for the 2013 NBA trade deadline.

Outside of Los Angeles and Memphis, there aren't many sexy names being bandied about in the rumor mill. The few names that are out there are more Bs than As: a declining Pau Gasol, a half-season rental of an injury-riddled Dwight Howard, along with some familiar faces (Josh Smith, Rudy Gay).

But what this deadline may lack for in quality, it may overwhelm in quantity.

The anticipation of the trade deadline is often far more enticing than the day itself (Feb. 21 this year), but this season could be an exception to the rule. With expiring contracts looming and certain franchises underperforming, the league looks ripe for activity.

History has shown that the affects of trades extend well beyond the players involved in the transaction. If the dominoes start falling, there could be a slew of names facing some major role reversals.

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