In what became one of the craziest trade deadlines in recent memory, the NBA saw a slight power shift from the Western Conference back to the Eastern Conference this past Thursday.
Gone are Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony and Jeff Green—the first two being mega-stars that were considered top players at their respected positions—and in came impressive supporting pieces such as Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Devin Harris.
While one could argue that the Western Conference is really just a three-team race between the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, there were some squads that got significantly better.
Sure, the Western Conference got considerably weaker due to the departure of both Williams and Melo, but when one looks at the fact that both players became irrefutable distractions and nuisances to deal with, it is not totally out of the question to make the case that both teams are now better, even if they did just deal their franchise player away.
The San Antonio Spurs are still tops in the league right now, thanks to their 49-10 record and six-game lead over the second-place Mavs. However, there were a few teams in their conference that potentially upgraded enough to at least give them a scare in the playoffs this year.
Here is a look at the four teams whose moves might worry the Spurs ever so mildly.