As teams position themselves to make moves, the NBA trade rumor mill is running, even if the market itself is quiet.
The league has separated itself out into clear classes of buyers and sellers, with little confusion about who falls into what category. Contenders and other ascendant organizations are looking for one more piece, while cellar dwellers want to add long-term value in the lead-up to the stacked 2014 draft; the middle class of teams that could go either way doesn't really exist this year.
When February 20 passes by, the short- and long-term future of the Association will be altered. We can't say how for sure, but we can read into the rumors and prognosticate.