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4 Storylines to Watch as the NBA Trade Deadline Nears
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Josh Smith is one of the bigger names being shopped as Thursday's deadline nears

The NBA trade deadline is inching closer, and teams around the league are hitting the phones trying to get a deal done before 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. 

Rumors are flying and it looks like some big names could be on the move if teams get the right deals worked out. 

This season, the motivations of several teams in the mix are shrouded in uncertainty as the deadline nears. The results of deadline moves could go a long way towards defining the outlook for these teams going forward this season.

Whether motivated by salary issues, title aspirations or the decision to build for the future, potential deals are flying out of the rumor mill with less than 24 hours to go.

Here's a look at the biggest news items to look out for as NBA GMs hit crunch time.

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