While rumors regarding the 2013 NBA trade deadline surfaced on Thursday morning and continued into the afternoon, actual trades were hard to come by, as teams were content to walk away from talks without forcing a deal through.
As the 3 p.m. ET deadline arrived, only a handful of uninspiring deals were made official.
The Boston Celtics agreed to send an expiring contract to the Washington Wizards in exchange for a perimeter scorer in Jordan Crawford, according to Yahoo! Sports' NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski:
Michael Mason @mykullmaysun
Today's NBA Trade Deadline was about as exciting as a popped balloon2/21/2013, 8:12:04 PM
USA Today NBA insider Sam Amick reported an under-the-radar deadline-day deal between the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns:
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojVerticalNBA
Celtics will send the Leandro Barbosa expiring contract to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford, league source tells Y! Sports.2/21/2013, 7:00:42 PM
Phoenix officially announced on Thursday that it had acquired Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013.
Then there was this lackluster trade between the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:
Sam Amick @sam_amick
Can confirm Toronto & Phoenix agreed to deal sending Hamed Haddadi & protected 2nd round pick to Suns & PG Sebastian Telfair to Raps.2/21/2013, 7:10:17 PM
Finally, Wojnarowski reported a trade that had been picking up steam throughout the day:
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Heat has agreed to send forward-center Dexter Pittman and a second round pick to the Grizzlies for a trade exception, sources tell Y! Sports2/21/2013, 6:46:34 PM
The big name that most thought would be moved on Thursday, Atlanta's Josh Smith, wasn't. So, as you can imagine, Twitter was left incredibly disappointed and unsatisfied after one of the most uneventful NBA deadline days in recent memory.
The day started off with plenty of promise and excitement. Just ask Chicago Bulls fan Andy Guillen:
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojVerticalNBA
Orlando has traded J.J Redick to the Bucks, league source tells Y!2/21/2013, 7:57:59 PM
But the promise quickly turned into desperation, as Mie Williams proved:
Some, like Kayla Brown, started getting stressed out by all the non-movement.
All I want today is for a trade to happen in the NBA2/21/2013, 3:48:58 PM
Jon Shid pointed to a legitimate cause of Thursday's quiet deadline day:
Kayla Brown @kjbrown22
Stressed out and stress-eating over this @nba trade deadline #celtics2/21/2013, 5:51:46 PM
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie then presented Twitter users with some historical perspective on deadline day:
We didn't see many big trades on Thursday, but for the 26th straight year, at least one deal was reached on deadline day.
Alan Mowrey, vice president and COO of the NBA Developmental League's Canton Charge, raised a great question in the midst of Twitter exploding over the trade deadline:
His And Hers @HisAndHers
There has been at least 1 trade made on #NBA deadline day every year since 1987. The last 3 seasons, 8+ deals were made on deadline day.2/21/2013, 5:00:09 PM
While many were digging through endless rumors on Thursday, NBA fan and analyst Bill Simmons offered up an important NBA trade deadline tip to remember:
Alan Mowrey @abmowrey
How did NBA fans follow all the rumors of Trade Deadline day before Twitter?2/21/2013, 4:50:22 PM
He was right, as most of the rumored deadline-day talks produced nothing.
As more and more time passed on Thursday, more and more deadline-day jokes and comments began flying on Twitter, as anticipated. Here's one from University of South Carolina journalism student Edward Shuler Jr., who took a shot at the trade deadline and this past weekend's underwhelming Slam Dunk Contest in fewer than 140 characters:
Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
One point to remember about NBA's Trade Deadline: actual deals rarely get leaked as rumors before they happen. Example: Hou-Sac last night.2/21/2013, 6:38:32 PM
Bleacher Report's pop culture lead writer Gabe Zaldivar brought Gronk into the mix, as only he can:
Edward Shuler Jr. @EdwardShulerJr
"Ill show you boring and uninteresting."-NBA Trade Deadline to Slam Dunk Contest2/21/2013, 5:29:42 PM
WRIC-TV photographer Ronald Carthen provided us with a fitting video to express what many on Twitter were going through on Thursday:
Gabe Zaldivar @gabezal
This NBA trade deadline is making the NFL trade deadline look like a Las Vegas party with Rob Gronkowski.2/21/2013, 6:44:28 PM
A video of paint drying would have been just as fitting.
But the comedy didn't stop there, as Twitter's Not David Stern account discussed a potential trade that the Philadelphia 76ers would likely agree to in a heartbeat:
Ronald Carthen @rcarthen
This sums up the #NBA Trade Deadline as of right now http://t.co/FM38wvkCUH2/21/2013, 6:46:25 PM
In case you missed it (via @JordanRaanan):
Adam No Silver @NBA_Jokes
The #Sixers should trade away Andrew Bynum's hair. #nba2/21/2013, 2:20:14 PM
In an effort to relieve the Twitter universe, ESPN's NBA insider Marc Stein was hopeful that the final moments in lead-up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline would produce some player movement:
Jordan Raanan @JordanRaanan
Lets just say Andrew Bynum's new 'do is ... interesting. #sixers http://t.co/iEvX2Kw32/19/2013, 5:59:16 PM
Stein's prediction turned out to be dead-on.
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
We're gonna see deals in final hour of NBA trade season. Just not sort of deals Twitter wants to see ... apart from maybe the Josh Smith-er2/21/2013, 6:01:11 PM
Roman Tanner @RomanTannerPEng
The NBA trade deadline is insanely boring.2/21/2013, 3:16:23 PM
There's certainly no arguing that Thursday's deadline day failed to live up to the immense hype generated by weeks of rumors. While there were a handful of moves made, there were no blockbuster deals or big names swapping jerseys.
Sadly, we'll have to wait until this summer before the next major NBA player-movement holiday.
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