What to watch for every NBA team ahead of the trade deadline

With the 2022 NBA trade deadline less than a month away (Feb. 10, 3 p.m. ET), there hasn’t been much trade activity in the 2021-22 regular season.

Only three trades have occurred since Oct. 6, and while the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Rajon Rondo to replace injured guard Ricky Rubio, there has been a financial motivation for at least one of the teams involved in all three trades. That includes the Rondo deal, which helped trim the Los Angeles Lakers’ luxury tax bill.

Most rosters were hit hard by players entering COVID-19 health and safety protocols in December, putting a hold on any major trade activity.

Will that change with the Feb. 10 deadline on the horizon?

Team executives whom ESPN spoke to predicted that we could see lots of trade activity in February because of a weaker-than-usual free-agent class coming up in July and a lack of salary-cap space among teams leaguewide to even pursue those free agents.

With that in mind, we’ve broken down what to watch for all 30 teams: what kind of moves they can make, what we’re hearing, front-office trade histories and trade restrictions to note. We’ve also identified one trade we would like each to see from each team between now and the deadline.

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