The NBA trade deadline means different things for different teams.
For most, the buildup to the Feb. 20 trade deadline trumps the actual date itself. Trade winds swirl uncontrollably, but nothing comes out of them. It's the storm before the calm.
For others, though, this period can reshape an entire franchise.
The buyers are fueled by different motivations, but all are searching for a short-term splash. That could be the missing piece of a championship puzzle or simply a player who improves a team's playoff odds. Whatever the reason, the teams recognize an area of weakness and actively try to fill that void.
Those holes are plugged courtesy of the sellers, a group of teams already thinking about the future. Some figured to be in this predicament all along, while others were forced into this role by nearly three months of underwhelming performances. No matter what brought them this far, these teams are all here now and officially open for business.
Some teams still don't know where they stand. The Toronto Raptors (23-21) have caught fire since trading Rudy Gay, but they're reportedly considering moving Kyle Lowry before the possible All-Star hits free agency. Even a team in position to win now can't forget about the future.
The teams on this list have a better idea of where they're at. At least, they should by now.