2010 NBA Trade Deadline: Five Most Influential Trade Deadline Deals of All Time

February 18th, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
With the trade deadline fast approaching (today at 3 PM ET), it's only fitting to revisit some of the most memorable deadline deals in NBA history.

This article will only include trades that occurred on the day of the deadline and not a few weeks prior such as the Paul Gasol to the Lakers deal two years ago. 

5. Nuggets Clear Up a Ton of Cap Space (Feb. 21, 2002)

Denver Nuggets receive: Juwan Howard, Donnell Harvey, Tim Hardaway, a 2002 first round pick, and cash

Dallas Mavericks receive: Nick Van Exel, Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul-Wahad

By adding both Van Exel and LaFrentz to the mix, the Mavericks instantly became one of the deepest teams in the league.

Howards's huge expiring contract helped the Nuggets clear cap space to sign free agents Andre Miller and Earl Boykins, two pieces that surrounded Carmelo Anthony in the team's rebuilding plan.


4. Addition of K.J. Helps Turn Phoenix Around (Feb. 25, 1988)

Phoenix Suns receive: Kevin Johnson, Tyrone Corbin, Mark West, 1988 first and second-round picks, and a 1989 second-round pick.

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