The February 21st deadline is rapidly approaching, and for fringe playoff contenders like the Philadelphia 76ers, that means decisions must be made on the quick.
Earmarked as a team that turned the proverbial corner in 2012, Philadelphia has regressed to the mean this season. Instead of reminding us why they took Boston to seven games in last year's Conference Semis, they've remind us why they were an eight seed to begin with.
At time of publication, they check in at 21-26—ninth in the Eastern Conference and three games behind Boston for the elusive eight seed.
But there's hope on the horizon. Season-ending injuries to Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger—despite their early ramifications—should eventually catch up to the Celtics this season. And with the fleeting chance of Andrew Bynum returning to the court slowly sounding realistic, Philly could soon be much, much stronger up front.
This team knows full well, more so than any other unit in basketball, that once you're in the playoffs, the regular season ceases to matter. They did it last year, and despite their ply thus far, they're confident they can do it again.
Which brings them to a trade deadline crossroads. Do they buy? Sell? Stand pat? How are they supposed to approach a season that has gone, and could continue to go, in so many different directions?
Let's take a look at the latest buzz.