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Projecting the impactful NBA buyout market

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The second transaction season started when the trade deadline expired at 3:01 p.m. ET on Thursday.

As we saw last year in Philadelphia, the buyout market can change the course of a team's season. The additions of Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli cemented the Philadelphia 76ers' rotation for the 2018 playoffs.

Before taking a look at the teams with roster spots, what players could be become available and the best free agents not in the NBA, we first need to explain the exact science of the buyout.