NBA playoff teams in need of help can still find a difference maker before the deadline arrives for setting postseason rosters.
All they need to do is look overseas.
With the playoffs less than a month away, and the trade deadline and “February free agency” in the distant past, NBA teams are typically left to rely on the D-League to provide injury replacement players at this point of the season.
With players needing to have been released by their previous NBA team by March 1 to be playoff-eligible, there is a limited market of guys who can sign to fill in for an injured player. One month ago, a team like the Clippers could make a big upgrade, as they did in signing Danny Granger and Glen Davis.
However, at this stage in the game it becomes a little more tricky – unless you cast a wider net.
With the Chinese CBA Finals coming to a close and many European league regular seasons winding down, there is a market of high-level players who have not played in the NBA this season and are eligible for the NBA playoffs.