With a scorching summer of NBA player movement nearly done, you might think that the declining temperatures of fall would mean a similar cool down on the trade market.
Per Sam Amick of USA Today, the Phoenix Suns just shipped out Caron Butler for next to nothing, which proves there's still plenty of time for preseason moves.
There are still two full months before the 2013-14 campaign begins, and teams are going to use that time to assess whether or not they've got the rosters they want to field when the games actually count. Perhaps after training camp and a few practices, the Houston Rockets will decide that they don't like the way their frontcourt duo works.
Similarly, the Minnesota Timberwolves could find an optimistic buyer for Derrick Williams if it turns out he can't crack the frontcourt rotation ahead of the team's new additions.
And the Indiana Pacers might conclude that they'll get more value by trading a certain former All-Star right now. You know, before he misses the first 40 regular season games with knee tendinosis.
Tanking teams might want to offload a few veterans as well. That could mean more moves for the Suns, or even the Boston Celtics, before the season starts.