The NBA trade deadline is always one of the best times of the year for basketball fans. Everyone believes their team can fleece another team, acquire assets, such as draft picks or young players that will eventually turn their franchise around or even acquire a superstar that will immediately turn their franchise into a championship contender.
Obviously, these types of moves rarely happen and usually teams do nothing more than acquire role players or future draft picks to slightly improve their team of the future of their team.
On occasion, there are major in-season trades. The most recent came in 2011 when the New York Knicks’ acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. The Houston Rockets acquired Clyde Drexler in 1995 and wound up repeating as NBA champions. The Detroit Pistons acquired Rasheed Wallace in 2004 and went on to win the title. In 2008, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the Finals, but went on to win the championship in each of the next two seasons.
One relatively big trade went down earlier this year when the Toronto Raptors sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings.
With all that being said, don’t expect anything like that to go down on Thursday.
That, however, won’t stop me from making a couple of bold predictions for this year’s trade deadline.