Originally Posted by RAPMAN
The NBA is always about trends. Remember the free agency summer of Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Amare, and Boozer. Teams were doing everything to unload salary to free up money for the free agent sweepstakes. This year, its all about tanking and the high value placed in first round picks in the lottery. The period and time leading to the NBA trade deadline, its a buyer's market where teams will try unload assets (Deng, Gay, Crawford) to obtain or improve their chances in the 2014 draft. Its going to be hard to trade players like Lowry, Monroe, Rondo for good returns in the current condition of the marketplace.
That's not trends. That's market valuation. When a bunch of superstars are entering free agency, you go after cap space. When a bunch of potential superstars are said to be entering a draft, you go for picks and losses.
It speaks to the reality of the NBA - GM's know that you need a superstar to go anywhere in any sustainable fashion, and will do what it takes to get one.
I agree with your assessment of the marketplace though. Perhaps better to be buyers this year. So long as you're buying the right product, for the right price.