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.
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:
Clip deal: Mullens a future 2nd to PHI for a conditional 2nd....antawn and cash to ATL for draft rights to Cenk Akoyl. (2005 draft pick).— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 20, 2014
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:
Orlando and Davis have reached agreement on a buyout and parting will be official on Friday morning, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2014
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.