5 Best Ways to Track Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline
Thursday NBA trade deadline offers one last chance for teams to markedly improve their chances at going deeper into the playoffs, making it into the playoffs – or shoring up a young squad in hopes of a high lottery pick.
Of course, when we talk about NBA trade deadline deals, we should be warned that it’s not like the MLB trade deadline, when teams often toss All-Stars back and forth like trading cards. This deadline is a little more demure, if you will.
USAToday.com did a nice report on the top 10 trades at the deadline over the past 25 years (they wrote it three years ago, though). A team might bolster their championship hopes with a big move, like when the Pistons traded for Rasheed Wallace in a three-team deal that helped them win the 2014 NBA Championship. But the deals that go down Thursday will likely be of less importance.
5 Best NBA Trade Deadline Spots
We thought we’d help you out with a jumping off spot to all the best links for following the 2016 NBA trade deadline all day. While we’ll certainly offer plenty of our own rumors and reports that we hear about some possible (or definite) trades going down, you can also be ahead of the game by following these links to other great NBA trade deadline news spots.
This guy has a monopoly on “NBA breaking news” more than any other writer in any other sport. (Although, my guess is if you were a WWE Insider, you could become Woj-like if you were able to get scripts ahead of time.)
The top hardcourt reporter breaks #WojBombs often, and his Twitter account @WojVerticalNBA has climbed from 90K followers in 2011 to 800K in 2014 to 1.2M in 2016. This guy gets more scoops than Cold Stone Creamery.
Obviously, heading to the worldwide leader is a good idea, but specifically for prospective NBA deals. My favorite part of their coverage is that they break it down per NBA team. Also, it’s not just a listing of possible moves, as they do a nice job of breaking down some of the reasoning behind these deals.
Over the past few years, Twitter has really done a nice job of finally figuring out their interface so that people didn’t have to rely on Hootsuite or Tweetdeck as much. My favorite part of following a hashtag like this is that they already presort the newsbreakers and difference-makers into the “Top” tab, giving you all the important news/links you need to know. Then, you can also click on the “Live” tab to hear what the peanut gallery thinks about possible trades.
I like the idea of a live blog, call me old fashioned. Stylistically speaking, this is the prettiest page to look at while tracking down upcoming deals. It doesn’t seem as much as a “live blog” as it is – just another page that they update with news reports like any other blog page out there. Ideally, this would’ve been a live blog where readers could ask questions, etc.
Finally, I love this site because it’s no frills and they get you news fast and furious, with links out to articles, the Twitter accounts of the reporters’ breaking the news, and even a “Hot Storylines” box on the right side. It’s really a well-built site that I’ve dealt with dating back to the early 2000s.
Trying to break news for a league’s website is a tough gig, considering they have 30 teams to answer to if things go awry. I do love the way this page is set up, however, with the time stamps and updates. CBS could learn a few things from these guys.
Hopefully, you’ve bookmarked some/all of these spots and you’ll find nothing but good NBA trade deadline news for your favorite NBA teams and players on Thursday!
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