It’s an extremely risky undertaking when you trade away a star player in the NBA. Top-tier talent is tough to recoup equal value for, and the franchise dealing away the star rarely improves its situation as a result of the transaction.
This past summer’s biggest trade was the Timberwolves shipping Kevin Love to Cleveland for Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, and a first-rounder, which in turn went to the Sixers for Thaddeus Young. In addition to the draft pick, Philadelphia also received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved.
This was the second time in the last seven years that Minnesota was forced to deal away its franchise player, having traded Kevin Garnett to Boston back in 2007. In light of the Love deal, which dominated the league news for a good portion of the summer, I’ve been taking a look back at past blockbuster trades and how they worked out for all the sides involved.
Here’s the list of the deals that I’ve checked out so far:
- LaMarcus Aldridge to the Blazers.
- Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.
- Elton Brand to the Clippers.
- Vince Carter to the Nets.
- Kevin Garnett to the Celtics.
- James Harden to the Rockets.
- Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
- Stephon Marbury to the Knicks.
- Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat.
- Chris Paul to the Clippers.
- Deron Williams to the Nets.