The 2013 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and while some of the biggest names surprisingly stayed put, there were still a handful of subtler moves that could alter the shape of the league—this year and beyond.
The Milwaukee Bucks added J.J. Redick to their perimeter attack in a move that, at least theoretically, will improve their playoff chances by shoring up an iffy outside shooting corps.
Meanwhile, a team not in need of any help in its playoff push, the Oklahoma City Thunder, made a pair of interesting moves. And one of them was clearly done with a potential NBA Finals rematch with the Miami Heat in mind.
And, of course, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey stayed two steps ahead of everyone else, flipping former mid-first-round picks and bench players for an asset with massive upside.
Everyone will be talking about Josh Smith remaining in Atlanta and the Brooklyn Nets' failure to deliver on promises to be active market participants, but don't discount the smaller moves that took place in a relatively quiet deadline period.
Sometimes, the littlest changes end up having the biggest transformative effects.