With only three weeks remaining before the 2014 NBA draft, the time is quickly approaching when big boards transform into blueprints.
NBA executives turn into architects for a night, plotting different paths to prominence based on their respective starting points.
For many, the best move is simply drafting and developing talent. But a number of factors could lead teams to decide they need to move up, down or even out of the draft.
Some clubs might have more picks than roster spots or vice versa. Some might need more pieces for the present than the draft can offer, while others could opt to convert win-now veterans into more future assets.
There were seven trades in the first round of the 2013 talent grab, but only two involved lottery teams. This year could see less overall movement but a higher concentration of in the top half of the opening round.