The Five Best Trades in New Jersey Nets History

May 11th, 2010 by David Glazer Leave a reply »
The Nets have had a long and mostly sad history with player acquisitions, from the trades of Julius Erving and Bernard King to the acquisitions of Phil Jackson and Roy Hinson.

While the Nets draft history has been mostly poor, they have been able to make some great trades in their history. Here are the top five.

5. In 1997, the Nets traded Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack, Ed O’Bannon, and Khalid Reeves to Dallas for Jim Jackson, Chris Gatling, Sam Cassell, Eric Montross, and George McCloud.

The Nets got rid of a bunch of dead weight for a number of useful players. Jim Jackson and Montross were later turned into Keith Van Horn and Lucious Harris, but the real key was getting a top notch point guard in Sam Cassell.

Cassell was under-appreciated throughout his career.  He keyed the Nets offense and it is no coincidence that when healthy, his teams always made the playoffs.

4. In 1992, the Nets obtained Jayson Williams from Philadelphia for 2nd round draft choices in 1994 (William Njoku) and 1997 (Kebu Stewart).

Before his career ending injury, Jayson Williams was one of the top rebounders in the N ...

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