Things Got Weird on LA Clippers' Plane at NBA Trade Deadline

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 30: Matt Barnes #22 of the Los Angeles Clippers during a game against the Golden State Warriors on January 30, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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We've all had awkward or tense moments at work, but most of us probably can't identify with the prospect of being traded.

It's tough to imagine if you haven't been there. I suppose plenty of people have been transferred from one branch of a company to another. But the sometimes random and always public nature of trades adds extra layers of intensity.

And in a tight, confined space packed with the whole team, that intensity had to have been darn-near palpable.

Leading up to the deadline, the Clippers decided to leave their team plane on the runway for a couple hours to make sure no one was in the air when they got dealt.'s Eric Patten relayed Matt Barnes' thoughts:

The plane was a sweatbox. It’s the business. We sat on that plane for almost two hours and kind of looking around in silence, looking on Twitter and saw the trade was official, saw that it wasn’t, saw that [Antawn] got traded, saw that Byron got traded. We had to stop the plane to let them off. It’s tough. Any time you lose a teammate, your team is your family, so it’s tough to see those guys go. But for me, personally, I was sweating the whole time.

Talk about a tough goodbye. The players who were traded had to get off the plane, and headed to new teams and situations:

And those who weren't probably had some mixed emotions.

Barnes was sad to see his teammates go, but was glad the deadline had finally passed, "I’m just relieved it’s over."

He also looked toward the future, saying, "Now, our only focus is winning games with the group we have and we know we have enough of what it takes to win it."

Regardless of what Barnes said, there is still some speculation that this may not be the last move the Clippers make.

By dealing Jamison and Mullens and getting no players in return, L.A. now has two open roster spots. Those could be filled by recent buyouts.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Glen Davis is available:

He's averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this season, but simply wasn't a part of Orlando's rebuilding plans. He could be a solid backup for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.