The NBA transfer market has, at times, the ability to turn the world’s top basketball league upside down with a single move. Are the megatraspasos, something out of the ordinary in a competition that in itself plays a lot to this type of change, which makes it possible.
These transfers of enormous draft could be classified as such if they are Either key agreements with several teams involved or exchanges that include players of higher importance.
James Harden has been the last to star in one of the movements with which the tectonic plates of the NBA move with force.
Throughout history there have been examples of the most varied. Here is a review of some of the most crucial:
· Kevin Garnett. His relationship with the Celtics has been the last championship won by the Greens so far, which is one of the two most successful franchises. He was wanted and an agreement was reached that destroyed his team at the time, the Minnesota Timberwolves, which has not recovered from that loss despite the fact that years later he returned there to retire. Boston bet on him as a new figure to join Paul Pierce, who was proving incapable of taking the franchise to a new level alone. Ray Allen, the shooting specialist, would also arrive to join the versatility of Pierce and Garnett and look for the Ring that finally arrived in 2008. The transfer of Pau Gasol to the Lakers did not work at first, then yes, since the Spanish could not with Garnett as soon as he arrived in the Finals, which once again raised the most important rivalry in the NBA to the top. The deal between the Celtics and Timberwolves only included Garnett for the former and a large group of players for the latter (Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and Sebastian Telfair) in addition to two first-round picks for 2009.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. One of the best if not the best center in history dominated up to three decades in American basketball, including a historic college stage. Going back to those UCLA origins was what he used as an excuse to return to California, where his family was. He wanted to go to the Lakers even though he was an institution in the Bucks. He forced an agreement with his franchise to go there. The Bucks received, in exchange, several players (Junior Bridgeman, Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith and Brian Winters). In Milwaukee he had already won the League, something that now they want to repeat with Giannis Antetokounmpo as the standard, but it is that in the Lakers he won five more titles. The Bucks lost enough power to be out of the fight to win despite being competitive.
Shaquille O’Neal (take 1 and take 2). In Orlando he marveled, with an agility unlike a player of his corpulence but still without the overweight he took years later, where he also continued to be decisive. In 1996 he decided to leave the Florida franchise as a free agent. Although he said that money was not the important thing, his contract with the Lakers was impressive for the time (121 million for 7 years). In Los Angeles it was even more decisive, since the titles were played. Together with Kobe Bryant he won in 2000, 2001 and 2002, but both did not know how to manage their egos and ended up beaten. Shaq requested the transfer and the management granted his wish in 2004. In that agreement, both parties ended up winning, although some sooner than others: Miami gave O’Neal to Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant, a first round of the 2006 Draft and a second round of the 2007 Draft. Two years later, in an equally historic duo with Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal triumphed again and shook off the bad memory of leaving the what was your dream team.
Wilt Chamberlain (take 1 and take 2). The man with the impossible statistics won two Rings with two different teams, but started in one with which he won nothing. He left the Warriors in the 1965 All-Star break and feuding with the owner. The first deal he was included in was in exchange for (in addition to $ 150,000 at the time) Paul Neumann, Connie Dierking and a Lee Shaffer who preferred to retire to play for the Warriors. In the 76ers, his new team, he was looking to win and he did it in 1967. But Wilt, with a controversial personality, wanted to change of scene again in 1968 despite averaging 24 + 23 in a season in which he was still struggling to win. According to chronicles of the time, he wanted to experience the glamor of the Californian city and for that reason, although also for basketball reasons, he wanted to land there. The first two years he stayed at the gates, but he won again in 1972.
· Charles Barkley. In 1992, the year of the Dream Team, Barkley wanted to change to seek the victory that never came. The Suns took him from the 76ers in what is one of the great transfers of all time (well, and the worst in the case of Philadelphia). Jerry Colangelo won the Executive of the Year award in part for it. It only cost Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry and Andrew Lang. Barkley stepped into the Finals that season against Michael Jordan’s Bulls being the NBA MVP, a milestone even if he did not win the championship that year.
· Robert Parish y Kevin McHale. In the 1980 Draft the Auberbach Celtics cemented their future in the following years with a single movement, which definitely catapulted the manager. Larry Bird had just started his career and something was showing, so Boston bet big. The key was in the agreement they reached with the Warriors. The Celtics gave the elections 1ª and 13ª and remained with the 3ª, trusting that they would drop the one they wanted (Kevin McHale), and Robert Parish.
· LeBron James. Special mention for the arrival of James to Miami Heat in 2010. Despite the mess of the so-called decision, he had to agree with the Cavaliers for a trade that would take him there. It was a free agent pick, but he used the crutch of a trade to make it happen. Cleveland received in exchange for the king of Akron two first rounds, a second round from New Orleans, a second round from Oklahoma City, a trade with the Heat for the 2012 Draft and a transfer exception of 15 million to use that year.
· Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard y Chris Paul. These three have in common that they left to win and did not succeed. Howard is a champion, but years later and, paradoxically, on the team where he failed first. Dwight left the Magic, with whom he reached the 2009 Finals, the Lakers, the team that defeated him, in a four-way deal in 2012: the Lakers came Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon, the Magic came Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga, the Nuggets went Andre Iguodala and the Sixers went Andrew Bynum. The great agreement that a year earlier was given for Melo to leave Denver and go to New York did not turn out either: Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Blackman, Corey Brewer y Shelden Williams, a los Knicks; Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov, to the Nuggets; Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph, to the Timberwolves. The last one to review is that of Paul to the Clippers, whose importance is not only based on his being the best point guard in the League but also on that he was the second option because the first option, that of him going to the Lakers, was vetoed by his own NBA: Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu went to the Hornets, now the Pelicans, along with a first-round pick from the 2012 Draft.
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