In light of the smog-thick haze engulfing the NBA mere weeks before its Feb. 23 trade deadline, 14 Bleacher Report writers received the go-ahead to expense fully functioning*, top-of-the-line crystal balls.

Their mission: Peer into these spheric predictors for hours on end, sleep be damned, until they divined theories fated to become truths**.

There are no shortage of storylines to monitor leading into the final days of the Association's annual swap meet. The jumble of rumors and speculation can be tough to navigate alone. Allow our glimpses into the future and educated guesswork to put the "buddy" in buddy system.

*Plastic props, light bulbs, snow globes, light-bulb shards, etc., passed for fully functioning.

**Maybe, if we're lucky.

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