The 2013 NBA trade deadline has tiptoed by without much noise.
Fans have to be disappointed with the lack of activity.
And some players too, especially those who missed a ticket out of town. Some had their fingers crossed, hoping to travel on a different road—one that led to a more suitable fit, more money, a better team or a championship.
Alas, these players will have to finish off the year where they started it—somewhere they don't want to be.
But why? A lot of these players were shopped by their teams to no avail.
Why so little on the trade front?
Ken Berger of CBS Sports thanks the new CBA:
Tax penalties and other restrictions...will mercilessly be placed on teams who continue to do it the old way. This is how business is done now in the NBA. No blockbuster trades in February. Few, if any teams are willing to absorb future salary, which would clog up their books and restrict access to tools needed to improve their rosters.
And that left more than a handful of players in the lurch.