At the trade deadline the Indiana Pacers were looking for some offensive flair to bolster a line up of otherwise young but solid players. The Memphis Grizzlies were looking to acquire assets since they didn't think they could make a deep run. The two decided they were solid trade partners and the discussions started.
Things were going forward but come midnight and the trade deadline, no one had filed paperwork. Somewhere along the lines someone dropped the ball. Both sides add some form of blame to the other side. Either way, both parties stayed put with their respective teams.
While both teams would go on to make the playoffs, the Pacers missed that one guy who would put them over the top. Meanwhile the Grizzlies have run the 8th seed to the verge of the Western Conference Finals. In large part to OJ Mayo.
Should the trade had gone down who knows where both teams would be. Perhaps the Grizzlies would be but a footnote, hoping to build on their first round exit to the Spurs. Maybe the Pacers would be the team that's pushing the likes of the Celtics, Heat, or Bulls to the brink of being eliminated earlier than expected.
Like the existence of , the world may never know what would have happened had this trade been completed. Instead we know that is happening: Thanks to a trade that didn't work out the Memphis Grizzlies have a chance at history. All thanks to perhaps one of the best trades to never happen.