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Quiet trade deadline? Don’t bet on it

There have been no early big trades in the NBA, and that because of the economic climate (read: owners don’t want to spend big then go into Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the Players Union and plead poverty) that there might be no big moves made.

Ira Winderman doesn’t buy it.

That has had Portland linked to big men with reasonable contracts, such as Washington’s , as well as small forwards with not-so-reasonable contracts, such as the Wizards’ Caron Butler.

With the Mavericks, there has been almost a singular fascination with Kevin Martin and a lofty contract that the Kings appear to be rethinking amid the rookie emergence of Tyreke Evans. Don’t be surprised to see Dallas include in some type of far-flung Cuban creation.

It is possible that by the trading deadline, the Mavericks bypass the Lakers for the league’s loftiest payroll and that the Blazers move closer to the tax threshold.

Read his entire trade deadline breakdown. You’ll be glad you did.