Depending upon how aggressive the Dubs desire to get, they could shake up the trade market by putting two of the league’s top chips in play. In between rookie center James Wiseman and an incoming top-three-protected first-round choice from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State might have the trade assets to chase after almost anyone.

But can the Warriors afford to prioritize today over the future to a severe extent? On the one hand, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson aren’t getting any younger. On the other, if they no longer make up a champion core, the Dubs have to start considering building the next one.

Golden State could be big-spending buyers, but it could also remain the swap season or just proceed the margins.

File this under wishful thinking, however possibly this is when the Magic will finally abort their annual chase of the 8th seed. With Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz– the two crucial players to the future of this franchise– down for the count due to knee injuries, Orlando has so little to acquire it might actually pull the plug on one of basketball’s most dismal pursuits.

If the Magic hold a fire sale, they could liven up the gamer swimming pool a fair bit. Between the super-skilled Nikola Vucevic, the defensively versatile Aaron Gordon, the consistently efficient Evan Fournier and the ignitable Terrence Ross, Orlando has a wealth of gamers efficient in capturing consumers’ attention.

But that’s just if the Magic choose to offer, and there’s no evidence of the organization reaching that conclusion.

The projection generally calls for a torpid trade season in San Antonio since the Spurs last made a deadline deal somewhere around the Mesozoic Era (or in 2013-14, but what’s the difference?). But if the company is ever going to let loose, the time is now.

The Spurs aren’t competitors, but they have a variety of rental choices for teams that are. DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills are all on expiring agreements, and each could liven up a win-now offense.

If Gregg Popovich could stand a present action back for several steps forward in the future, San Antonio could unexpectedly be the talk of the deadline.

The Raptors are two seasons removed from winning the title and one from protecting the East’s No. 2 seed. They do not appear to be most likely sellers, and yet they have a worse record than all however five other teams. If Toronto believes it’s drawing dead for the rest of this season, it would have to consider floating the likes of Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and (if anyone’s interested) Aron Baynes searching for roster-building tools.

On the flip side, would it surprise anyone if the Raptors discovered their form earlier than later, leapt several tiers in between now and the due date and located themselves to be buyers?

Remember, they’ve kept their finances pretty tidy. But because Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t making it to 2021 complimentary company, they might end their budget freeze and go after the offending star who could take this lineup to the next level.