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Exceptions could control deadline deals

Updated: January 9, 2011, 6:58 AM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

Most years the NBA trade season is defined by the term "expiring contracts." This season, however, there's a different phrase that might be at the center of big-name transactions: trade exceptions.

Trade exceptions can be created several ways, but large ones typically are created when a team acquires salary-cap space in exchange for trading a player. The team that receives the cap space then gets a credit -- of the amount of the departing player's salary in the current year ...

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