Since the January 30 deal that sent Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, there have been just 12 mostly minor trades this NBA deadline period, leaving some contending teams and future hopefuls holding the bag.
However, while the trading deadline has passed, teams can still improve their rosters for the final stretch, the postseason or next year.
There’s still time for acquiring buyouts, promoting a D-leaguer or signing free agents, and there is some talent out there, surely enough to hang off the end of a bench.
The only catch: The player needs to be waived (non-rostered) after March 1 to be eligible for the postseason.
Maybe your team didn’t get that final piece before it was “too late.” All is not lost.