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Otto Porter stays put in Orlando; no last minute additions to buyout market

The Lakers are currently the No. 5 seed out West, so LeBron James took to Instagram to predict changes coming to the Western Conference standings, but Michael Holley and Michael Smith aren't necessarily convinced.

In the end, just five players had their contracts bought out this year and changed teams on the buyout market.

There was no rush of buyouts at the Friday night deadline for players to remain playoff eligible for their new teams. While players can still be bought out and sign with a new team through the end of the season, they could not be part of their new team’s playoff rosters.

There had been some buzz about Otto Porter being bought out in Orlando — with Boston and other playoff teams interested in signing him — but that did not materialize, as Marc Stein of the New York Times noted.

In the end, for all the noise about the buyout market, just five players changed teams.

With a little more than a month to go in the season, playoff-bound teams’ rosters are pretty much locked in.