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Psychology of a Trade

We've all seen it before. A team makes a trade and sends a well-liked player out of town for a player that either is deemed an unreasonable replacement or is not liked right off the bat because they will never be like the player the team lost.

Even early in the season recently, there have been a number of trades that have been made that makes you wonder what the rest of the team members involved were thinking when they happened. It's not like the trades were huge in terms of players involved, but all in all, I think there are several psychological factors that influence a team's feelings towards trades and player moves in general.

A clear example is the Mike Richar...