It’s that time of the year for NBA front offices. Though the All-Star break is commonly believed to be held at the midpoint of the season, each NBA team has played at least 50 games already.
The Los Angeles Clippers have played a league-high 56 games.
In actuality, we are closer to the end of the season than we are to the beginning of it, and by now, we have a very good idea of which teams are contenders, which teams are pretenders, which teams need to burn it down and start over and which teams need to add one or two pieces to its existing core.
As the clock winds down to the deadline, players across the league will be nibbling their fingernails down to the cuticles.
Some front office executives will probably be doing the same thing, though. Rest assured, even as this is being read, deals are discussed.
For NBA fans, though, certain things should be kept in mind as we zero in on the deadline.