The NBA's annual swap meet brings clubs together from every spectrum of the basketball world.
Everyone has a different reason for getting involved in or avoiding the trade season. Some buyers are craving cornerstones, while others just need a support piece or two. A select group of sellers may auction off everything but the kitchen sink—and even that could probably be had at the right price—and others just have a few bargain-bin items for sale.
Some squads can even afford to sit the entire process out. Either their current formula isn't in need of fixing, or the potential prize isn't great enough to justify the trouble.
Context matters in plotting the perfect trade-deadline path. We've considered everything at our disposal—statistical performance, contract situations, growth potential—to determine the best course of action for all 30 teams between now and Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.