NBA Trades 2014: Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

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NBA Trades 2014: Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline
Associated Press

The 2014 NBA trade deadline is in the books, and while the earth-shattering exchanges were in short supply this year, there was still a lot of activity that'll have interesting repercussions on the margins.

Then again, the late move by the Indiana Pacers might wind up shifting the league's balance of power after all.

Overall, though, picking out winners and losers when teams are dealing from such different positions—and with such disparate goals in mind—isn't easy. A salary dump for one club looks like an admission of defeat, while it's a shrewd move for another.

For the most part, teams shuffled smaller assets in an effort to trim salary, bolster benches and add leadership for playoff runs.

The smartest moves may have been the ones that didn't happen, though. After all, I think we can all agree it's probably best for the New York Knicks to sit a few plays out on the trade front. They managed not to destroy the tiny sliver of hope they have for the future by avoiding a panic trade.

So, uh, congratulations?

The Knicks will get a "winner" stamp for doing nothing.

Let's see how the more active trade participants graded out.

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