Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trade Deadline News & Notes

The NBA was back in session last night at teams took to the floor for the first time since the All-Star break.  With the trade deadline approaching on Thursday, there is a huge buzz around the league as everyone tries to figure out which big names are moving where.  The big piece on the block this year is Josh Smith.  His movement could have massive implications to both conferences and will certainly effect the rest of the trade market.  Scenarios have him ending up in San Antonio or Brooklyn, but without much in return as Smiths' contract expires at the end of the season.  Only time will tell, but consider his departure from Atlanta near imminent.

Josh Smith deal
Where will J Smooth be calling home this time next week?

Other big name players who have been in heavy trade buzz include Eric Bledsoe, Paul Millsap, JJ Redick, DeJuan Blair, Monta Ellis, and Marcin Gortat.  Then you have teams like the Knicks, Raptors, Sixers, Bucks, Suns, Timeberwhites, Clippers and Celtics who all seemed poised to make a deal and alter their lineup.

Whichever teams can pull off the best deals should give them an added boost come playoff time, as history shows that many championship teams added a missing piece to their squad at the deadline and it was enough to get them over the top.  Will your favorite team be pulling the trigger by Thursday?

Pierce trade Garnett trade
Will this be the final run for Pierce and Garnett?

Kobe and Dwight all star fighting
How much longer will The Mamba have to put up with DUHWight?

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