Moving man Chris Dingman is the secret winner of the trade deadline

The NBA world turned upside down at last Thursday’s trade deadline, with most of the league making moves. When something like that happens, each player involved is dealing with some amount of upheavel — it’s not like executing trades in NBA 2K15.

Imagine if you were suddenly told you had 48 hours to move halfway across the country. That’s the reality for athletes, and it is why Chris Dingman’s business exists — Bloomberg caught up with him.

“It’s an opportunity,” Dingman, whose business specializes in professional athlete relocation, said in a telephone interview. A record-setting NBA trade deadline two days ago resulted in 12 transactions involving 17 teams and 39 players who, according to the collective bargaining agreement, have 48 hours to report to their new teams.

Founded in 2006, The Dingman Group offers services beyond packing household items and loading the truck. The firm also assists with buying or selling a home, renting and furnishing a residence and, if needed, transporting a vehicle. He said real estate is the most profitable part of his business.

Players are reimbursed for moving expenses, according to the labor contract. That includes one vehicle for a single player and two if he’s married.

Working with athletes requires a deft touch, he said, because some are going from first-place teams to cellar dwellers or warm-weather locales to snow. Moving is a distraction that athletes, especially those in-season, don’t want or need.

“It’s not an easy time,” he said. “Some guys like where they’re going; Some guys aren’t happy. We’re there to make this part of their life stress free.”

The logistics of getting traded can be stressful. Players generally use the term “whirlwind” to describe the period of time in between finding out about the deal and getting on the court wearing a different jersey. Teams try to help, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. There are little decisions to be made about what happens with homes, cars and belongings, and the athlete doesn’t necessarily have time to make them before getting on a plane. It’s logical that there are people who specialize in sorting that stuff out.

Consider this another reminder this week that NBAers are people, and their world can be rather complicated.

By James Herbert | NBA writer – February 25, 2015 12:12 pm ET

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