Predicting the First 5 NBA Trades of the 2013-14 Season

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Predicting the First 5 NBA Trades of the 2013-14 Season

Brace yourselves. Trade season is coming.

More so than ever before, this year should have a very defined group of title competitors and lottery-ball gatherers. As a result, that means clear-cut buyers and sellers on the trade market. Once the reality of the standings starts to hit, expect the trade winds to pick up.

Aside from the on-court motivations, the more punitive luxury tax is looming, and a handful of teams have already expressed the desire to avoid it.

While the league's elite often shy away from making deals during the season in order to preserve chemistry, financial concerns may force those teams into action this season.

With so many clubs having the motivation to trade this year, predicting the first five deals is literally impossible. I'd have better luck winning the lottery and then getting eaten by a shark. But as my spirit guide Nick Young would probably tell me, you can't score if you don't shoot. 

Based on probable buyers and sellers, financial concerns and positional needs, let's take a shot at predicting the first five deals of the 2013-14 NBA season.

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