Messy 2014 NBA Breakups on the Horizon

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Messy 2014 NBA Breakups on the Horizon
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

We've all been focusing on the wrong aspects of the upcoming NBA trade deadline.

Sure, it's exciting to imagine how shakeups and relocations could alter the league's landscape. And yes, it's important to consider the complexity of new locker-room dynamics and the eternal bean-counting exercise that is salary-cap math.

While it's fun to guess at how contenders might bolster their lineups for a stretch run, or wonder what it'll be like when big names find themselves jettisoned for cap relief, the real entertainment of the NBA's annual transaction cutoff is the potential for a few disgruntled players to pop off about their former teams.

Who doesn't love hearing millionaires bash ownership, throw former coaches under the bus and question the commitment of past teammates?

That kind of stuff is always in play when trades are afoot. Freed of a frustrating situation, guys on the move are more willing to speak their minds about the past.

It's not hard to predict which unstable situations could explode with a deadline trade. We've heard enough rumblings to know which powder kegs are primed to blow.

Nothing's guaranteed, and we might see a relatively uneventful deadline again this year. But if any of the following deals go through, fireworks could soon follow.

Here's hoping we get a trade deadline filled with verbal barbs and aired grievances.

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