There's an old saying in Hollywood: "If there's a 99 percent chance of something happening, there's a 100 percent chance that it won't happen."
The same can be applied to the NBA's trade market, though most (if not all) general managers would likely agree that the odds of anything ever happening are far lower than that. Proposals and possibilities are tossed around like hotcakes, if not mistaken for one another—especially in the lead-up to the annual February deadline.
This year's edition was no different. The league's de facto rumor mill churned out Trade Machine fodder involving All-Stars like Kevin Love, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo. But, for reasons ranging from the peculiarities of the current collective bargaining agreement to a "generation gap" among the NBA's deal makers, pretty much all of the juiciest swap gossip went begging.
All told, 11 trades involving 26 players and six second-round picks were consummated in the 48 hours leading up the Feb. 20 cut-off. Not a single first-rounder changed hands, and only two of the players (Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison) had ever so much as set foot in an All-Star Game.
And neither of those two is anywhere close to doing so again.
It's easy to see why so little of consequence went down on deadline day when looking at the particulars of five of the supposed deals that fell flat, none of which so much as sniffed a likelihood of 99 percent to begin with.