Eastern Conference Teams Should Be Sellers Not Buyers at NBA Trade Deadline

By Michael Terrill
NBA Trade Deadline 2014 Eastern Conference
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The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow, which means fans should expect plenty of acquisitions to go down over the next 24 hours. With that being said, not all of the trade rumors can be taken seriously. In fact, a majority of the Eastern Conference teams that are linked to trade talks should really just be blowing smoke. The reason for that is every team in the Eastern Conference, with the exception of two, should be sellers at the deadline instead of buyers.

I understand that the Brooklyn Nets want to make a deal because they feel they’re in a prime position to clinch a playoff spot. The fact that they’re now in that position is somewhat of a surprise considering the dismal first half the team had. At this point, fans should really hope that it’s all talks because acquiring Jarrett Jack or Jordan Hill won’t make a difference.

The Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards have also been rumored to be buyers at the deadline. For these two teams it makes a little more sense. They don’t have a lot of experience with the postseason, which means management is trying to strike while the iron is hot. Even so, buying players at the deadline isn’t going to make a big difference in the big scheme of things, at least not for this season.

Let’s be honest, we already know what the Eastern Conference Finals will look like, which is the same image from last year. The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers have a stranglehold on the East. For other Eastern Conference teams to actually believe they have a shot at competing with these two squads is ridiculous.

My favorite NBA team plays in the East so I understand all about staying optimistic. However, organizations making costly moves in the hope of getting a higher seed are a lost cause. It’s one thing to make a trade in order to benefit next season, but who does that? The only reason to make a splash at the deadline is to get some momentum for a second-half push. The Heat and Pacers are the only two franchises in the East that will benefit from deals tomorrow. All other organizations should just accept the reality of falling short of their goal and focus on financial efficiency.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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