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NBA - Trade Deadline Guide: Who Are the Buyers? Which assets are available?

The 30 NBA teams don't have much time left to thread trades. The deadline is on Thursday at 9 p.m. This season there are particularly many buyers, but few sellers. SPOX checks the buyer and shows who can put together the best packages.

Thursday at 8 p.m. is scythe, by then all trades have to be over, nothing works after that. For the moment we are still experiencing a fairly quiet trade season, and there are reasons for that.

One factor is the introduction of the play-in tournament, which leaves a back door open for many teams. The New Orleans Pelicans can serve as an example. They are currently ranked 12th in the west, the gap to Dallas in 8th place is 4.5 games. Memphis, on the other hand, is tenth and only 3 games away, which means that New Orleans is still close to a playoff spot.

One can argue about whether it is worth striving for tenth place, in order to then be eliminated after a game or to get on the hat later in the first "real" playoff round. Nevertheless, it is the carrot which teams can hold in front of their fans. Accordingly, teams are reluctant to give up the season and act as salespeople.

In addition, many teams are close together, after around 40 games you can really write off the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and maybe the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Buyers don't have much to offer either. Picks are now the currency that is strongest, but many title candidates have already sold their selection rights. The best example of this are the two teams from L.A., both of which cannot trade any of their first-round picks until 2028 because they surrendered their entire picking future to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans in the trades for Paul George and Anthony Davis, respectively.

This risk was calculated, but these teams now no longer have a realistic chance of strengthening themselves significantly during the season. But the L.A. teams are not alone here, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee and Portland will no longer be able to trade picks until 2028 - with the exception that certain pick protections will be lifted.

For example, Portland only gave one first round pick to Houston (in the Covington trade), but this is Top 14 protected until 2027, which is why Portland cannot trade another first rounder until the pick is between 15 and 30. But here too: the Blazers could renegotiate with Houston that the protection is lifted.

Now let's see what the potential buyers can offer by the deadline ...