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This is an odd year to be an active participant at the trade deadline. There is an uncertain labor situation looming and most teams aren't going to be looking to take on a ton of added salary when there could be a lockout.
The Boston Globe talked to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about the deadline and he had some great insight into what the thinking will be as we get closer to that day.
“Relative to other years in terms of trade talk, I don’t think it’s really any different,’’ Cuban said. “It always goes through the same process. There’s one or two early trades. We saw that with Orlando, and then everybody waits until the last possible second. And then you hit the trade deadline and they recognize it’s the last chance to save money or to do something. That’s when things happen.
“That’s one of the challenges and problems the league has is that a lot of GMs like to wait until the last second.’’
I never got why teams always waited until the hours right before the deadline to work out a trade. If you know what your team needs or what you want to get rid of, shop it while there's plenty of time to work something out.
The longer you wait, the worse the deal is going to be for you. You want to be able to think about the trade and make an informed decision about it, instead of feeling rushed and making a decision you might regret.
More teams should make deals like Orlando, Phoenix and Washington did earlier this year. All of those teams had a strategy and they went out and executed it.
We'll see what happens at the deadline this year, but I'm not hopeful.