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NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Trades That Would Dramatically Change Playoff Picture
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With the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline rapidly approaching, teams around the league are trying to bolster their squad for the rest of the season ahead.

The vast majority of trades and acquisitions won't have too much of an impact on the rest of the season. However, for some teams, picking up that one player could mean the difference between postseason success and heartbreak.

The trade of just one player could completely change the outlook of the 2013 playoff picture; here's some of those trades to watch out for before the deadline.

 

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Josh Smith to Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have already surprised many with their success through the 2012 season. Now they'll be looking for a strong run home into the playoffs in 2013.

The addition of Josh Smith, whom the Nets are rumored to be interested in, would make them truly unstoppable in the postseason this year. That's not saying that they'd necessarily go all the way, but they would certainly be more competitive and stronger than they would be without him.

Smith would be dynamic in the frontcourt with Brook Lopez, which would be an absolute nightmare for teams trying to control the duo in and around the paint.

At the same time, you'd have to think that any deal involving the departure of Smith could well kill off Atlanta's chances of success in the postseason.

 

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Iman Shumpert to Phoenix Suns

 According to Yahoo! Sports, Phoenix is continuing to push through a deal for New York Knicks star Iman Shumpert in exchange for some draft picks (potentially even a first-round pick) and Jared Dudley.

If the Knicks end up making this deal, you'd have to think it could seriously hurt them in the long run and could even damage their chances heading into the playoffs.

Currently sitting second in the Eastern Conference, the last thing New York wants to do is hurt itself in the backcourt with the postseason ahead—potentially opening the team up for a third or fourth place finish this year and then a quick elimination in the playoffs.

Especially if the likes of Brooklyn and Chicago are firing.

 

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Danny Granger to Houston Rockets

Indiana is firing at the moment, which therefore seems to do away with the thought that it would be willing to trade off Danny Granger before the deadline.

However, the Pacers' success while Granger is out with injury shows that this is no longer his team, and that as long as Paul George is on the court, Indiana has a real chance. 

The Houston Rockets have the potential to try and aggressively push through a big trade and get some further assistance for James Harden, which could lead them to make a last-minute play for Granger in exchange for some draft picks or perhaps even another player.

Either way, the move of Granger to Houston would have some sort of an impact on the playoff chances of both teams moving forward in 2013. And it doesn't seem out of the question either, with Hoopsworld reporting that Rockets GM Daryl More is seriously considering making a serious offer for Granger.

It would seriously help Houston—providing it doesn't give up anyone big to get him and assuming his knee holds out for the rest of the year. Yet, at the same time, it probably won't be as big of a loss to the Pacers as it might have seemed earlier in the year.

Especially if they can get something good in return.

 

Which trades do you think are most likely to happen before the deadline?

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