The Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and several teams around the league are desperate to make a move.
Past the midway point in the season, most team executives have concluded whether their team is a pretender or contender. Teams in contention will be looking to add players who can take them to the next level, whether that is the playoffs or a championship.
Those out of the running have begun formulating their offseason plans and view the trade deadline as an opportunity to shed salary or begin the rebuilding process. As always, draft picks and expiring contracts are valuable commodities for the financial flexibility they provide.
Some general managers are still not sure whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline and are waiting to see how their teams respond over the next few weeks. Others are intent on receiving something in return for their pending free agents.
Over the next few weeks, many player and team names will surface in trade rumors. Ultimately, most teams will stand pat, but the desperate franchises cannot afford to do the same.
Updated by Zach Buckley on Jan. 31, 2013.