Constant call-ups? A frozen trade market? How COVID-19 wreaked havoc at the G League Showcase

With the NBA's G League Winter Showcase now over and the aftermath of a frenzied transaction period still in progress, the league's power brokers are talking about resetting roster expectations, the progression of G League Ignite in Year 2 and how the rest of the regular season will play out.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the omicron variant, the league is on pace to exceed the record of players appearing in at least one game of a single season (540, set in 2017-18 and 2020-21) by the end of the calendar year. Sixty-seven players have been called up from the G League along with free-agent signings, but can any of these players make a real impact and stick on rosters for the rest of the season?

So what intelligence and buzz-worthy items have our NBA experts gleaned from Vegas? Here are what scouts, coaches and top executives are discussing post-showcase, future trades and an intriguing prospect aiming for the No. 1 spot in the 2023 NBA draft.

The trade market is frozen

The sense you got talking to executives in Las Vegas is that we have hit an unofficial pause to trade discussions.