For the second straight year, the basketball landscape shifted just days before the start of the regular season.
It might not have the blockbuster flair of the trade that sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets just days before the start of last season, but the five-player deal between the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns holds ramifications for 2013-14 and beyond.
The success-starved Wizards added double-double machine Marcin Gortat for the injured Emeka Okafor and a top-12, protected 2014 first-round draft pick. Reserves Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee were also sent to the nation's capital; although, TNT's David Aldridge reports that none of these three will stick with the Wizards.
This looks like a win for both of the trade partners. The Wizards added a productive piece to aid in their playoff push, while the rebuilding Suns added another piece for the future and appear to have improved their lottery odds for the stocked 2014 draft class.
But there are more winners than just these two franchises. And there were losers, too—plenty of them, actually.
*Unless noted otherwise, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.