NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When the NBA trade deadline was reached on Feb. 19, a total of 12 trades involving nearly 40 players and more than a dozen possible draft picks were moved, and more than half the NBA's 30 teams had a hand in the action.
It was one of the more interesting trade deadlines in recent years, even without big-name superstars changing scenery. There were plenty of talented players involved who will change the 2015 playoff picture.
Let's analyze some of the biggest moves that took place and how that affects the most expensive home tickets remaining on that team's schedule.
*Miami Heat received Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic. Miami Heat traded two first-round picks, Norris Cole, Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams.
The Heat acquired the best available player at the trade deadline. Dragic basically forced his way out of town in Phoenix and is exactly what the Heat needs.
Dragic can still leave the team after the season, which makes the move a risky endeavor. Unfortunately, the news about Chris Bosh missing the rest of the season with a blood clot in his lung, downplays the significance of the addition, as the Heat lose a core piece of its team.
*Milwaukee Bucks received Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee. Milwaukee Buckstraded Brandon Knight.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded its best player right before the deadline in what was the most shocking move of the afternoon. Knight is in the midst a borderline-All-Star year and was a player that the Bucks could have kept for the long term without jumping through many hoops.
Instead, the team shot for depth and length in picking up Ennis, a pass-first guy who hasn't much NBA experience, and Carter-Williams, the 2014 rookie of the year. The Bucks lose some scoring but add to the team's brand of length and defense.
*Oklahoma City Thunderreceived D.J. Augustin,Enes Kanter, Steve Novak and Kyle Singler. Oklahoma City ThundertradedReggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins and a future first-round pick.
Kanter was a great addition to the Thunder, which was looking for substitute rim protector minutes once Serge Ibaka hits the bench.
Adding shooters in Singler and Novak and one of the league's top reserve point guards in Augustin on top of that are win-now moves that can help Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shoulder the load during the playoffs. Jackson wasn't hanging around anyway, so it was cool to see the Thunder make a move that shows it is going for it all.
Let's look at some home game ticket prices for Heat, Bucks and Thunder games with the highest average ticket price post-trade deadline, according to ScoreBig.com.
*March 15: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls, Average: $244.03, Get-in: $57
Every game is important for the Thunder as it tries to hold on to its eighth seed for the playoffs. When it hosts the Chicago Bulls, one of the top teams in the East will get a taste of Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Thunder has a hard time losing.
If Durant is playing, this may be the game of the week in the NBA. Thunder tickets for this game have increased in price 7% since the trade deadline.
*March 16: Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Average: $353.87, Get-in: $87
Because of the significance of LeBron James' return, the trade deadline wasn't the major driver of price for the Cavaliers as it was for Heat tickets, but it does make the game more competitive. He returns to the American Airlines Arena after winning two NBA championships with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers are among the favorites to be the Eastern Conference representative for the NBA Finals, and James' return will be a must-see television event on March 16.
*March 22: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Average: $177.57, Get-in: $43
Of the home games remaining on the schedule, the highest average price ticket for Bucks tickets on ScoreBig is against the team with the most star power, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bucks are in a good position to make the playoffs, but it hopes it doesn't have to rely on beating teams such as the Cavaliers to make it in.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor.