The time when homer-ism is at its peak in the NBA is not in the postseason. Nor is it while people are making their preseason predictions.
It tends to be at its worst at the trade deadline. Fans over-value their team's players and under-value the possible trade targets they see play once a year.
We're all guilty of growing attached to the players who represent our city. We grow accustomed to watching a certain player and become appreciative of his style of play.
Players are going to start moving, and at this time of the year it is best to take emotion out of the equation.
The Memphis Grizzlies really kicked off the trade season by sending Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, as a part of a three-team deal with the Detroit Pistons. If that is the first domino, you don't want to miss out on the next one coming down the 'pike.
What follows are useful hints to help gauge whether your team is on the right track as the trade deadline approaches.
When it comes to NBA trades, you don't want your team to get caught looking like a dummy.