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Out Of Bounce Episode 2: Ignoring the Trade Deadline


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Ok I know everyone probably want to hear about the All-star weekend and all the trades that happened in the last week, but seriously, you don't have to hear about it from me. And it's not like a top 10 player in the league moved or something, the most interesting trade that happened was Buddy Hield to the 76ers, and as a Sixers fan, I'm not moved.


So instead I'm going to be grading the top 10 trades of all times.


10. Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.


The Trade: Kyrie Irving was sent to the Boston Celtics from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, and Jae Crowder.  


The Result: Only one year after winning a title with the Cavaliers Kyrie was shipped to Boston to pair with a very young Jason Tatum. While the two got to the conference finals, they matched up against the Lebron led cavaliers that was on an historic run dropping crazy numbers left and right, and while the duo was good, it was no match to Lebron James. They lost and just one year later Kyrie was sent to the Brooklyn Nets.


9. Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks


The Trade: A three way trade between the Denver Nuggets, Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. New York Knicks sent Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round pick, and two second-round picks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman.


The Result: While Melo didn't get to a finals or even a conference finals with the Knicks he still had 7 great seasons averaging almost 25 points, being a 7 time all-star, a two time all-NBA player and a one time scoring champion.


8. Dennis Rodman to the Chicago Bulls


The Trade: The San Antonio Spurs traded Dennis Rodman for the Bulls backup center Will Perdue.


The Result: After a loss to the Orlnado Magic in the 1995 conference finals, the Bulls decided to trade for a four time rebounding champion and 2 time Defensive Player of the Year in Dennis Rodman this trade was in my opinion one of the most one sided trades ever because all they had to give away was a backup center and they got the best rebounder in NBA history. Dennis went on to help the Bulls win 3 NBA championships and the second best regular season record in NBA history.


7. Oscar Roberson to the Milwaukee Bucks


The Trade: Oscar Robertson was sent to the Bucks from the royals (the old Sacramento kings) in exchange for Flynn Robinson and Charlie Paulk.


The Result: This trade was a BIG steal for the Bucks. Not only they got a 10 time all-star that had a season where he averaged a triple- double but he was now teammates with Kareem Abdul Jabar and by the end of their first year together they won a championship.


6. Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors


The Trade: The Spurs traded Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard in exchange for DeMar DeRozen, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.


The Result: When Kawhi was traded he was already a superstar winning two defensive player of the year awards and one finals MVP, but his career would look a lot different if it wasn't for that trade, because in only one year in Toronto Kawhi managed to carry the team to a championship while the Spurs were the 7th seed in the west and didn't make it out the first round. In the end Kawhi stayed in Toronto for just one year before signing with the L.A Clippers.


5. Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers


The Trade:The 76ers sent Wilt chamberlain to the L.A Lakers for Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers, and Darrall Imhoff.


The Result: When Wilt got to the Lakers he was pretty old but that didn't stop him from being an all-star 4 more times, leading the league in rebounds 4 more times and winning an NBA championship, before retiring in 1973.


4.Kareem Abdul Jabar to the L.A Lakers


The Trade: The Milwaukee Bucks Traded Kareem Abdul Jabar for Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters, Elmore Smith, and Dave Meyers (Basically a bunch of no names).


The Result: The Lakers traded for Kareem in 1975 but he didn't win any championships with the team until 1980 when Magic Johnson came along, he went on to win 4 more with the Lakers, but he was finals MVP in only one of them.


3.Kobe Bryant to the L.A Lakers


The Rrade: The Lakers sent Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for a 1996 first round pick (later became Kobe Bryent)


The Result:OH I don't know only a 5 time NBA champion, a 2 time finals MVP, an NBA MVP, 18 time all-star, 15 all-NBA teams, 12 all- defensive teams, a 2 time scoring champion and more...


2. Lebron James to the Miami Heat


The Trade: The Heat get Lebron James in exchange for: Two first-round picks, two second-round picks, Cleveland can also swap first round picks with the Heat, A large trade exception($15 million).


The Result:When lebron got to Miami he was already a 2 time MVP and has been to the finals once at the age of 25. when he left the Heat he was a 4 time MVP, 2 time champion and has been to the finals 5 times. I REST MY CASE.


1.Bill Russell to the Boston Celtics


The Trade: The Saint Louis Hawks (Atlanta Hawks today) sent a first round pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Cliff Hagen


The Result: a player that is an 11 time NBA champion, a 5 time MVP and is responsible for the most championships in a row for any team in American professional sports and a player that has played 3 seasons in the NBA before retiring.




Other than the trade deadline another thing that happened this week was the all-star game so lets look at some of the top plays in this years all-star:





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Great article Tom. Missing the trade of Pau Gasol from Memphis Grizzlies to L.A. Lakers, but probably not in the top-10  😉



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