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Panorama of the East and the West before the deadline for swaps

We are within hours of the deadline for NBA swaps this Thursday, and with it come the desire to know how a possible mega-swap could alter the landscape of a league that (for now) seems to be composed of the Golden State Warriors and 29 suitors
Let’s take a look at the situation of each conference to understand why the urge to improve teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics collides with the harsh reality that not even their best potential additions could be enough to dethrone Stephen Curry and company.

Top Buyers: New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors
Top sellers: LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies
The West has the Warriors on top for a while, but they also go “tired” before the All-Star Game and the Rockets are on their heels. Houston has just 13 losses compared to 12 at Golden State and the tiebreaker would be his having won two of his three heads-up matches.
The rest of February includes just two dates with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a big stumbling block for the Rockets. The Warriors, meanwhile, have two very tough crashes against the Oklahoma City Thunder and will also face the Spurs at home, while visits to Portland and Washington D.C. Exactly 365 days after being beaten there by the Washington Wizards last season will not be a piece of cake either.
One would think that the Rockets would be the ones looking for reinforcements this Thursday, but in reality it’s the Warriors who are associated with a tough defender like Avery Bradley, a triple sniper like Marco Belinelli and an unbalancing player like Tyreke Evans in the rumors more Recent.

The bid for third place in the West is truly wild with the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers separated by just four games in the lost games column.
The Spurs are headed for a twentieth consecutive season with at least 50 wins to their credit despite not having had Kawhi Leonard during 46 of his 55 commitments and counting. It is precisely the mystery of Leonard and the fact that we have seen how the Warriors humiliated them with LaMarcus Aldridge as the main reference that would surprise me if they keep their team intact in San Antonio on Friday.
The Thunder seems to me to be well on the rise and a core of players that is becoming increasingly better, while Thibodeau also relies on his starting lineup and is not desperate for a replacement if that means decimating his main base or the national teams. future of the draft, but the Nuggets and Blazers are quite a riddle.
It seems that Marcus Smart could make the suitcases from Boston to Denver, but for what? Is that enough to beat the Spurs or the Thunder four times in the first round? The answer is no, and they know it. As for Portland, one day it seems that they are going to tear down everything and exchange both Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, but hours later they are associated with DeAndre Jordan.
Speaking of Jordan, I said earlier that he should be traded by the Clippers but that Lou Williams should stay to help a team that does not want to be the Philadelphia 76ers of the West but intends to reinvent itself in full swing.
Finally, I summarize it this way: The Pelicans can not afford to waste another year of the fullness of Anthony Davis and must do something, in Memphis should be dismissed Marc Gasol, Utah does well to negotiate Rodney Hood, and The Lakers are going to be testing the patience of their fans if they aim at 2019 as the year in which they will put all the chips on the table.

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