Winners and Losers from Trade Deadline Week in the NBA

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Winners and Losers from Trade Deadline Week in the NBA
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The NBA's annual trade deadline came and went with barely a whimper on Thursday. A reluctance to give up valuable draft picks, take on salary and risk losing quality players for nothing in free agency—all driven by the parameters (and uncertainty) of the new collective bargaining agreement—contributed to the lack of blockbuster activity.

So, too, did the absence of any truly marquee players on the market, save for Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. The Los Angeles Lakers were clear about their intention to hang onto Dwight Howard from the get-go. Kevin Garnett had no interest in leaving the Boston Celtics, and they, in turn, weren't about to "blow it up" unless Paul Pierce was involved as well. 

And, of course, the league's top contenders (i.e. the Miami Heat, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs) were all pretty well set with their rosters to begin with.

Not that there wasn't any activity of which to speak. In the 24 hours leading up to the deadline, the league office rubber-stamped 12 transactions involving 27 players, six draft-related assets and a trade exception.

So who won and who lost on deadline day? Read on to find out!

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