Looking ahead to what's next in the NBA

Originally Published: February 22, 2006
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
We expected an unprecedented flurry of player movement at the trade deadline Thursday and were left instead with Steve Francis, Earl Watson and the splinter patrol changing places.

What did (and maybe more importantly, what didn't) go down in the past few weeks will have ramifications not only on the playoff race but also on what could be an equally snoozy offseason.

With a fairly weak draft (at least in terms of star power) and an even weaker free-agent crop (you know you're in trouble when Al Harrington and Vladimir Radmanovic are considered among the prizes), the good are likely to stay good, and the bad …

That's what makes it all the more surprising that many of the NBA's worst teams weren't active at the deadline. They may come to regret it later.

Now that the trade deadline hangover has subsided, Insider breaks down what it all means and how it should affect a number of teams' plans for this summer.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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