What happens next in the NBA?

Updated: February 28, 2005, 4:08 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Take a deep breath. The trade deadline has barely expired and teams are already wheeling and dealing as they prepare for the playoffs and the coming offseason.

For teams that still have a shot at the postseason, now is the time to make any final changes to the roster. With guys such as Gary Payton and Dale Davis about to hit the waiver wire, some teams are still in wine-and-dine mode.

After those moves are done, it's time to settle into one of the most interesting playoff races we've seen in the NBA in a while. Who helped and who hurt themselves in the playoff hunt? Who is gearing up for the lottery?

Now that the trade deadline hangover has subsided, Insider breaks down what it all means and how it should affect teams for the remainder of the season.


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