- John Carroll, Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
Although much of the focus leading up to the NBA's March 15 trade deadline has focused on Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, a number of smaller trades could have a big impact on the futures of several teams.
Some trades will help teams make a deep run in the playoffs this season, while others will address longer-term goals such as stockpiling draft picks and ensuring cap flexibility.
Here are five potential smaller deals that could have a big impact:
John Carroll offers up five trade scenarios that fall well short of the blockbuster variety but could have a major impact on teams this season and going forward. His first trade idea sends Kirk Hinrich to the Lakers to fill their point guard void.