NBA Trade Deadline Chips with Most to Prove

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NBA Trade Deadline Chips with Most to Prove
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Enough ink has already been spilled explaining why the 2014 NBA trade deadline was as quiet and calm as it turned out to be. Whatever the causes, we can all agree on the facts at hand: that nine trades were consummated in the day-and-a-half leading up to the 3 p.m. Eastern deadline on Feb. 20, that not a single first-round pick changed hands and that no superstars will be changing addresses until July.

Now that we've gotten those basics out of the way, let's take some time to look ahead to what's in store for those players destined for new digs. For each, being part of a swap brings with it both the agony of having to move one's life to a different city in the thick of a hectic campaign and the potential ecstasy that accompanies the fresh opportunities therein.

Unless you're, say, Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison, who may have trouble finding gainful employment this season after being bought out on the back end of the deals in which they were involved.

In any case, these seven swap victims will have plenty to prove in the coming months as they seek to carve out comfortable niches of their own on foreign soil.

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