What Actually Happened at the NBA Trade Deadline

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Photo Courtesy of A Continuous Lean, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy of A Continuous Lean, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

The NBA trade deadline passed yesterday — not with a bang, but with a whimper. Teams are placing a high premium on draft picks, becoming more and more tightfisted while franchises grasp the significance of rookie scale contracts. This leaves the other “assets” out to dry, and players who were given larger-than-useful contracts in the early days of the new CBA were living out the drudgery of having to move themselves across the country (or into Canada) at a moment’s notice. Not many of them had to do that.

That is not to say that the whole day was uneventful, just that it wasn’t the extravaganza many fans and talking heads expected. Of course, the major deals aren’t expected to take place until the summer when the oh-so-valuable 2014 draft order will be decided and the suspected top picks will turn into the actual top picks. For now, there’s a whole host of second rounders with new homes, most of them that won’t turn into NBA players.

Here’s a quick breakdown of each team’s trade deadline shenanigans. But first, the winners on the court are Indiana and Washington. The Sixers got the closest to their goal — bottoming out the season — and Daryl Morey kept his consecutive streak of trades-at-the-deadline going.

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