Second-half sleeper teams

Editor's Note: This piece has been updated to reflect the trades made before the 3 PM ET NBA Trade Deadline.

It's trade deadline week. There are no games to watch. After All-Star weekend, you're itching for trade chatter, a hint of transactional rumor, anything.

Well, we're going to do something a little different today. At the ceremonial halfway point of the season, let's take a look at the teams that have the best chance to surprise in the second half.

Examining the remaining schedule and changing roster dynamics, here are three teams that I expect to make a second-half surge.

Sacramento Kings

Record: 18-34 (25th in NBA)

George Karl takes over for Ty Corbin, who won just seven of 28 games after taking over for Mike Malone, who won 11 of 24 games. The downward trend doesn't look good for Karl, but there is plenty of reason to believe he can turn it around.