Trade rumors were flowing Thursday like water going over Niagara Falls as the day when the dam can burst — Dec. 15 — drew closer by the hour. (For those unfamiliar with NBA rules, the vast majority of players who signed contracts over the summer cannot be dealt until Dec. 15.)
Most years, Dec. 15 comes and goes with tons of trade speculation buildup and very, very little in terms of actual deals going down.
But this season, with 13 teams more or less out of the running in the East and 13 teams more or less competing for eight playoff spots in the West, things are different.