The NBA All-Star Game normally is a time when team executives work to concoct trades that will shape the future of their franchises, but that no longer will be the case.
The NBA trade deadline normally follows the All-Star festivities, but The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday that the deadline will be moved ahead of the NBA All-Star Game, and will go into effect during the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.
This change will force teams to have a more forward-thinking approach when it comes to the trade deadline as they will not be able to use the NBA All-Star Game as a catalyst to create deals.
This past season, the New Orleans Pelicans used the break as a time to orchestrate a trade to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.
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