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17:40  26 december  2019
17:40  26 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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NBA trade season has officially begun. Some of the biggest moves of the decade helped create dynasties. The most impactful trade helped This was one of the riskiest NBA trades in recent memory. In 2018, Toronto GM Masai Ujuri decided to trade a franchise cornerstone for a player who

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The entire NBA landscape can be altered overnight.

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Unlike the three other major North American professional sports leagues, the acquisition of one player in the Association can single-handedly shift the balance of power.

The era of player empowerment has resulted in numerous stars orchestrating their way out of undesirable situations, shaping some of the monumental trades of the last decade.

Poor managerial foresight and small-market financial restrictions also contributed to blockbuster deals.

With all of the above considered, here are the five biggest trades of the last 10 years:

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In the past decade , there’ s been a flurry of activities and questionable decisions in the NBA that made or broken franchises. From a single foul call that possibly costs a championship, to passing on prospects that have become game changers, to career altering injuries, we chronologically list the

NBA trades are risky endeavors. Nevertheless, trades do take place. And they almost always have winners and losers; rare are the swaps in which the two sides stay perfectly even in perpetuity. his two Big Apple seasons. But Jakob Poeltl alone was far more valuable before serving as a primary

5. Nixed CP3 deal launches "Lob City" era ⬆️

Date: Dec. 14, 2011

With All-Star guard Chris Paul heading into the final year of his contract, the then-New Orleans Hornets dealt their franchise player to the Los Angeles Clippers prior to the 2011-12 campaign. Unable to ink Paul to a long-term extension, the Hornets feared losing him for nothing in the offseason.

But the Clippers weren't supposed to be Paul's final destination. The Hornets originally agreed to ship the future Hall of Famer to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a three-team deal before NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in to veto the trade.

The league owned New Orleans at the time and thus, Stern had the final say on the transaction. The NBA reportedly nixed the deal 45 minutes after all parties had agreed to terms, citing "basketball reasons" in a statement.

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A CP3-Kobe Bryant tandem never came to be, as Paul made his way to the Clippers within the next week. The former Rookie of the Year immediately brought life to the mediocre franchise. Paul was the perfect floor general for the Clippers' up-tempo offense, and his nightly alley-oop connections with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan earned the team its infamous "Lob City" nickname.

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Paul led the Clippers to a franchise-record six consecutive postseason appearances, but he was unable to guide them past the second round. Though the Wake Forest product didn't deliver a title to Los Angeles, the nature of his departure might very well become the reason the club gets over the hump. Paul's trade to the Houston Rockets in June 2017 netted the Clippers three vital pieces of their current squad - Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, and Patrick Beverley.

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The Hornets, meanwhile, finished among the Association's worst teams in their first season sans Paul, and none of the four players they acquired are still with the team. The lone saving grace was that New Orleans won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery and immediately had its next face of the franchise in Anthony Davis.

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Speaking of Davis, his marriage with New Orleans also ended in a disappointing split. AD's trade request this past January created an awkward situation, to say the least. Davis' agent, Rich Paul, worked tirelessly to get him moved to one of his preferred destinations - the Lakers or New York Knicks - but the Pelicans were unable to strike a deal before the deadline.

Davis was booed by Pelicans fans during pregame introductions and with every touch of the ball in his first home game following the trade deadline. New Orleans considered sitting a healthy Davis for the remainder of the season, but the NBA would've reportedly fined the team $100,000 for every game the big man missed.

Instead, the Pelicans compromised by putting Davis on a minutes restriction. The former No. 1 overall pick's time in the Big Easy was clearly coming to a close, and if it wasn't already obvious enough, Davis arrived at his team's final regular-season game wearing a shirt with "That's All Folks!" written on the front.

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Just as it had seven years earlier, New Orleans said goodbye to a homegrown star in the offseason and became the beneficiary of the No. 1 overall pick. The Pelicans drafted another transcendent prospect in Zion Williamson.

The early returns have been encouraging for both sides. Davis has been the anchor of one of the league's top defenses as a legitimate MVP and Defensive Player of the Year candidate. In New Orleans, Brandon Ingram's development into a 3-point threat has placed him among the Association's top scorers. Only time will tell how well the Pelicans do with the draft picks they acquired.

3. Harden lifts off in Houston ????

Date: Oct. 27, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder had the makings of the NBA's next great dynasty. The club had just made its first Finals appearance since relocating to the Midwest, and the members of its star-studded core - Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden - were all under 25 years old.

With Durant and Westbrook already locked into long-term deals, only Harden's signature was needed to give the trio more opportunities to fulfill its championship potential. But with the deadline to ink "The Beard" to an extension just days away, no agreement had been reached. Harden was seeking a max deal and the small-market Thunder reportedly offered him less than that.

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Failing to extend Harden meant the reigning Sixth Man would become a restricted free agent the following summer. Though the Thunder could theoretically match any offer from opposing teams, they'd also run the risk of being outpriced for Harden's services. Oklahoma City refused to take that chance, dealing the future MVP to the Houston Rockets in what became the biggest blemish on GM Sam Presti's resume.

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Harden got his money shortly afterward, agreeing to a five-year, $80-million contract extension with the Rockets. He's since developed into a nearly unstoppable offensive force, redefining the ways players manufacture their own points. Harden has won back-to-back scoring titles and led Houston to within a win of the 2018 Finals.

The Thunder began the post-Harden era with a first-round knockout of the Rockets in 2013, but the club hasn't reached the same heights since its memorable run seven years ago. Oklahoma City was a win away from the Finals in 2016 before blowing a 3-1 lead against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Kevin Martin bolted in free agency after a respectable lone season with the Thunder, while Jeremy Lamb never lived up to his lottery pick status. The club selected its starting center, Steven Adams, with the 2013 first-rounder it acquired, but he isn't the superstar Harden has become.

2. Celtics pull heist on Nets ????

Date: July 12, 2013

NBA basketball returned to Brooklyn in 2012 after three-and-a-half decades in New Jersey. The Nets' rebrand was a hit among fans and their on-court product wasn't bad either, as the team posted 49 wins in its first season back. Brooklyn was certainly on the right track, but its front office wasn't satisfied and wanted to make a splash in the New York market.

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Throughout the 2013 offseason, Russian billionaire and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was adamant he would spend whatever it took to improve the roster. With Prokhorov's blessing, general manager Billy King pulled the trigger on the ultimate win-now move, acquiring future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in hopes of putting the Nets over the top. The move put the club's payroll around $101 million and its luxury-tax bill at approximately $83 million.

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On paper, the pair solidified a formidable starting five, joining Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams. But the Nets would only have one playoff series victory to show for the four first-round draft picks they gave up. Pierce set career lows in points and assists before departing in free agency at season's end. Garnett, meanwhile, was a shell of his former self and was dealt midway through his second season in Brooklyn.

Instead of replacing the duo, Prokhorov began cutting costs and even bought out the final two years of Williams' contract to shed payroll and decrease the luxury-tax bill. Within three years of going all-in, the Nets were suddenly among the NBA's worst teams - and the Celtics began to reap the benefits. Brooklyn had gift-wrapped two future core pieces - Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum - and Boston used a third first-rounder to acquire All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.

Brooklyn only began to recover from its notorious blunder last season, posting a 42-40 record and reaching the postseason for the first time in four years. If not for the shrewd work of current GM Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson, the club would still be reeling.

1. Kawhi heads West North ????????

Date: July 18, 2018

Kawhi Leonard appeared to be the perfect star to succeed Tim Duncan as the face of the San Antonio Spurs. He never craved the spotlight and was dedicated to honing his craft. But then the unthinkable happened - Leonard reportedly asked out of San Antonio.

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As the 2017-18 campaign progressed, the 2014 Finals MVP and the Spurs grew apart due to conflicting stances regarding Leonard's right quad injury, which eventually limited him to just nine regular-season games. The Spurs' medical staff had cleared the All-Star forward to play, but Leonard had insisted he was still in pain and wanted to seek a second opinion.

During a players-only meeting in March, Leonard's teammates pleaded with him to return. Veteran guard Tony Parker, who apparently led the closed-doors discussion, told reporters the next day he'd previously dealt with a quad injury "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's ailment. The Frenchman's comments were reportedly the "last straw" for Leonard.

The Toronto Raptors capitalized on Leonard's fractured relationship with the Spurs, acquiring the California native despite his health issues and impending free agency. Though he ultimately bolted for the Clippers the summer after being dealt, the trade worked out for both Leonard and the Raptors.

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The two-time Finals MVP re-established himself among the NBA's top two-way players, putting together one of the most dominant postseason performances in league history to deliver Toronto its first-ever title. Veteran 3-and-D wing Danny Green was no throw-in, finishing second in the Association with a career-high 45.5% clip from downtown during the regular season while providing a steady calming presence.

The blockbuster deal sent beloved Raptors star DeMar DeRozan the other way. The four-time All-Star has given San Antonio dependable scoring and adequate playmaking, but he remains a defensive liability and continues to rely heavily on his mid-range game. DeRozan holds a $27.7-million player option for 2020-21 and could be moved before the trade deadline to free up playing time for promising young guns Derrick White and Lonnie Walker.

Jakob Poeltl has also been a solid rotational piece for the Spurs, starting the odd game and doing a lot of the gritty work every team values. But he might not be anything more than that. With the draft pick it received in the trade, San Antonio selected forward Keldon Johnson. The Kentucky standout has only appeared in one NBA game this season, but he's flourishing offensively in the G League.

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