Teams Who Were Smart to Stand Pat at the Trade Deadline

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Teams Who Were Smart to Stand Pat at the Trade Deadline
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The NBA trade deadline came and went with nary a superstar swapping jerseys.

The rumor mill was a blistering swirl in the days leading up to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. But, as is often the case, the build-up was far more interesting than the actual non-event.

Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett is still a Boston Celtic and twin towers remain with the Los Angeles Lakers (Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol) and Utah Jazz (Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson).

Save for two intriguing reserve guards (J.J. Redick, traded to the Milwaukee Bucks and Jordan Crawford, traded to the Boston Celtics), the day's transactions left fans of active teams browsing for info on the incoming talent.

While the day lacked in drama, it still carried a large importance. Not many teams helped themselves by adding players, but a number of them kept themselves in strong position by not subtracting talent.

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