Well, the trade deadline has come and gone. The teams in the league have used their last chance to gain long-term assets or make one last move for the Playoff push. Sure there will be some buyout mercenaries on the way too. It is not their last chance.
This trade deadline though had some promise for some as there were rumors flying around about Carmelo Anthony and his future in New York and the look-ahead to Kevin Love's free agency.
When the dust settled, it was a lot of minor moves and the Evan Turner trade to Indiana dotting the NBA's transaction list.
What gives? There are certainly several factors, which Magic general manager Rob Hennigan admitted Friday.
"I think it's relative," Hennigan said. "I think it's relative to the marketplace at any point and given time. It's more a function of what's available in the context of that certain deadline.
"I think the [collective bargaining] agreement having been in place now for just a couple years, it's relatively in its infancy. There are still dynamics at work, some are subtle, some are not so subtle, but I do think it is playing a role in how teams strategize and how teams look to make moves and look to build their teams."
Namely, teams tried to hold onto their first round picks entering this year's talent-filled Draft and keeping cap room for big free agent summers in the coming years. A lack of big-name free agents this summer -- many of the big names are probably going to opt-in to their final years or stay where they are at.
So, it was relatively quiet. That does not mean teams did not take advantage, or fail to take advantage of the deadline. Here are our winners and losers:no comments