Upgrades for contenders

Even Kevin Durant and the Thunder could plug a hole or two on their roster. Brett Deering/Getty Images

With just 34 days remaining until the NBA's 2013 trade deadline, the rumor mill is sure to heat up over the next couple of weeks. Big names always generate the most buzz, and this month has already seen headlines generated by the speculation around Memphis' Rudy Gay and the founding of the "Bank of Cuban." While we don't know what will happen with those speculations, what we can count on is that this season's championship chase will be impacted by the machinations of the next five or six weeks.