The 2013 NBA trading deadline is not like other trading deadlines.
After last year's CBA negotiations, there are a whole slew of clauses and financial impingements that go into effect next year.
Consequently, the usual salary dumps for a draft pick that used to occur at the deadline have vanished into thin air this year.
There are only two reasons to make a deal before Thursday afternoon: getting something for a prospective free agent you don't plan to sign or getting rid of enough salary to come in under the luxury tax line.
The latter is pretty straightforward. You want to get something for the player instead of nothing, but the recipient needs to be confident either that they'll sign the free-agent-to-be that the player is a very worthy rental.
As for managing salaries, this will become a delicate dance around the luxury tax where each team will be in close contact with its accountant.
As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote, "Starting this summer, teams whose post-trade payrolls exceed the luxury-tax line by more than $4 million will not be permitted to acquire a player in a sign-and-trade." But I love sign-and-trades!
So with some teams jockeying for playoff position and others rejigging their roster and payroll ahead of free agency, what are the deals that just plain make sense? Well, there are only five of them.