The 2013 NBA trade deadline is closed, with many of the plethora of rumored deals failing to transpire before the close of action in February.
As per usual, a slew of rumors failed to translate into anything other than talk—leading to nothing but disappointment from many of the fans who'd wished that some of the action could have been reality.
Not all of it, but just some of it—with certain rumored deals in particular—make for fascinating thought and speculation. Simply put, we'd have loved to have seen them happen in 2013—they just didn't end up turning into reality on the part of the teams involved.
Which rumored deals would have been the most exciting for the NBA?
Read on to see the rumored deals we'd love to have seen take place.
Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers
It seemed unlikely that Kevin Garnett would waive the no-trade clause in his contract in order to make a move from the Boston Celtics in 2013, but with potential trade action with the Los Angeles Clippers, it seemed that the star forward could actually end up moving (h/t Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald).
However, had it taken place, it would have been some deal for L.A.
Chris Paul playing out of the backcourt with Blake Griffin and Kevin Garnett ahead of him would have made the Clippers scary-good heading into the playoffs, and the deal also could well have caused increased production from the former Minnesota Timberwolves star.
Griffin would have attracted more of the attention from Garnett, which could have freed up the forward for the jumper he has become simply prolific at.
All with Chris Paul working his creative mastery behind.
Alas, it was not to be.
Josh Smith to the Brooklyn Nets
Atlanta seemed desperate to offload Josh Smith at some point during the trade deadline, but it ended up hanging on to the big man after the dust had settled. It seemed that the Hawks couldn't really get the deal that they wanted for Smith, so they opted to hang on to the power forward to try to negotiate a new contract with the star.
Brooklyn was reportedly interested in Smith, according to USA Today, and was thought to be putting together a deal to try to entice Atlanta into selling, but could not get it done.
Had it taken place, you'd have loved to have watched the Nets frontcourt, with Brook Lopez and Smith, tear up whatever their opponents threw at them.
Lopez has been in dynamic form for the Nets this year, and whilst Smith hasn't been at his career-best, we know very well what he is capable of achieving. Particularly if there was another big body alongside of him to attract some of the defensive attention away from him.
All with Deron Williams in the backcourt behind them; it truly would have made for one good Brooklyn Nets team heading into the 2013 NBA playoffs.
But alas, it was not to be.
Which NBA deals do you most wish took place in 2013?
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