Which struggling teams should have the most urgency to make major changes before the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET?
Let’s focus on a group of four teams currently outside the top nine in their respective conference standings: the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. The simplest argument at this time of year is that these teams should “blow it up”, by making major changes to their core.
Such an aggressive strategy makes more sense for some teams than others, so we’ll look at the cases and rank their need to make moves from high to low.
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“Rank these teams by urgency to ‘blow it up’/meaningful review/trade-based understatement: Boston, Indy, Portland, Sacramento.”
My concise answer on Twitter was that the answer to this question is a product of the age of the teams’ stars, and one of those teams (the Blazers, with Damian Lillard, 31, and CJ McCollum, 30) n is not like the others. But let’s unpack that and rank the other three teams.