Each of the 30 general managers approaches the trade deadline with a different plan.
While some teams will stand pat and not disrupt the chemistry on and off the court, others will feel the pressure to make a short-term trade, just for the sake of sneaking into the playoffs.
As they do with the background work of trade targets, NBA teams also study the trade patterns of their counterparts. This process is invaluable and could determine how far you can push a team into making a deal.
For example, the Warriors and Spurs are known to be conservative at the deadline, and Oklahoma CIty has taken an aggressive approach in February.