We're zooming toward the February 21 NBA trade deadline in a flurry of chatter. The Lakers still dominate much of the coverage, but they insist that they're keeping their powder dry this trade season.
Right now, several teams would be well advised to take a swing at the fences. It's hard to compete for a title in the NBA. The list of plausible championship contenders is quite thin after Miami and Oklahoma City.
Sometimes, a huge risk must be taken to vault a team into relevance. Some of the rumors swirling around would qualify as that: The league is aflutter with "big risk, big reward" water testing.