5 Harsh NBA Trade Deadline Realities of the New-Look Association

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5 Harsh NBA Trade Deadline Realities of the New-Look Association
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The trade deadline passed without much sound or fury, ushering in a brand new era in the NBA.

For those who enjoyed the wheeling and dealing of past trade deadlines, the new CBA represented something of a shift in the paradigm. Teams today are far more cognizant of the salary cap penalties, and no move is made without each front office taking the time to assess its financial impact.

Instead of superstars being dealt at alarming rates, we'll instead see teams eager to shed payroll swing a minor trade or two in order to avoid the league's luxury tax. It's a brave new world these days in the Association where the capologists are almost as important as the players out on the court.

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