Despite Kyrie Irving's claims that the nets need more stones to win – and his second major injury earlier this season – the trading period seems to be coming and going on Thursday without the team taking part in major deals is.
So if you expect Aaron Gordon, Clint Capela or Andre Drummond, this is not the case.
Granted, the deadline brings more disinformation than a CIA operation and more misleading than a magic show. But everything that comes from both the team and the league implies that any movement of the networks will be comparatively small as they try to find out exactly what they have.
"It's hard. You don't know how many different teams you're rating," Kenny Atkinson had said before Irving's last injury that spraining his right knee on Saturday would cost him at least a week.
"The fact that we are also quite complete [Kevin Durant], this is extremely important for our evaluation purposes. Hopefully we can go on like this. I think you can rate the season in sections depending on who played and who didn't. "
Atkinson did not get his wish for the networks, which have far too many in the "not playing" category to judge what they are.
Irving missed his 29th game on Monday, a game between 119 and 97, and will miss against Golden State on Wednesday and in Toronto on Saturday. With the networks saying it would be reevaluated in a week on Sunday, the tilt angle in Indiana next Monday also appears to be in serious doubt.
Key tooth Caris LeVert missed 25 games – 24 in a row after a thumb operation – and the rotation player Wilson Chandler operated a 25-game PED suspension. In short, their rotation has been musical chairs.
"We are still finding out what our team identity looks like," Irving said on Wednesday.
Back on January 15, it was Irving who sparked a passion by making a blanket decision that the networks would have to add more parts, even if Durant returned.
"It's transparent. It's out there. In terms of the parts we need to be at this next level, it's a blatant picture," Irving said.
“Overall, I think we have great pieces. But it's pretty blatant that we still need a piece or two to complement me, KD, [DeAndre Jordan]. [Garrett Temple], Spencer [Dinwiddie], Caris, and we'll see how that develops. "
Realistically speaking, every movement of the networks must work together with Durant and Irving.
That said, despite rumors of Gordon, they are unlikely to bring the Magic's skywalking power to the fore, especially since he's not a great shooter, hasn't played a small striker for years, and might not be a good match for Durant next season and beyond.
And don't expect the networks to penetrate centers like Drummond or Capela or other all-star talents. At least not this week.
The middle class of the Nets – LeVert, Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince – could theoretically be used to retrieve a significant piece, but for various reasons it is likely that none will be dealt with on the cut-off date.
ESPN analyst Bobby Marks, who happened to be the network's former GM assistant and was unrelated to Sean Marks' current GM assistant, confirmed that the LeVert and Prince contracts hindered them. While they can be traded, the gap between calculating incoming and outgoing salaries makes every deal messy and unlikely.
As the Post reported, only postponing the deadline would likely result in the cash register being churned up.
Chandler or second graders like Rodions Kurucs, Dzanan Musa or Theo Pinson could be transferred.
The networks were able to bring Iman Shumpert back, whose defense and intensity helped them hit a 9-4 mark during his short tenure. Or they could snoop around Harry Giles of Sacramento – whom they liked in the design – or at the buyout market.
But whatever they move, they are likely to be small and not seismic. Don't expect a third star in this system, but maybe a small moon at best.