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Overwhelmingly bad deadline deals are the PEDs to tanking in the NBA.
Your team might be bad but not bad enough. Or maybe they wound up fighting for that eighth and final playoff spot in their conference, much to the front office's displeasure.
At that point, they have two options: 1) They can continue down the winding path of mediocrity or 2) they can unload some of their best players in favor of expiring contracts, draft picks and a truck filled with those hard candies that turn your tongue blue.
My best guess as to which teams we could see engage in such behavior this year are the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors.
Rondo is old enough to where Boston can argue he's not its face of the future, while Masai Ujiri is in possession of Rudy Gay, a contractual nightmare for any general manager aware of his shooting percentages.
I personally like ESPN Grantland's Bill Simmons' idea of a Utah Jazz-Toronto Raptors swap involving Gay. Netting some combination of Biedrins and other fillers would give the Raptors a better chance at landing the Canadian Wiggins.
This all depends on how keen Toronto is to tanking, of course. Which really depends on how well the other fringe-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference (Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers) play.
This Year's Exceptions
Milwaukee Bucks: Don't panic, Milwaukee. General manager John Hammond just really likes second-round picks.
New York Knicks: You might want to panic, New York. Dolan seems to really hate draft picks—and general managers that can't pull a top-10 superstar out of his toupee.
Portland Trail Blazers: I still think there's a chance they trade LaMarcus Aldridge, but if they do, it's probably against their will and for a king's ransom.