The best trade all 30 NBA franchises have ever made
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The best trade all 30 NBA franchises have ever made

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Trades have helped shape the fabric of the NBA since its beginning in 1946. Each franchise has its share of good and bad trades. Some teams have better luck than others when it comes to the art of the deal.



Here the best trades made by each team in NBA history.

Atlanta Hawks

The Utah Jazz traded their No. 3 overall pick in 1982, Dominique Wilkins, to the Hawks for John Drew and Freeman Williams. Wilkins would go on to become one of the best scorers in NBA history.

Boston Celtics

Possibly the most famous trade in recent NBA history, the Celtics sent an aging trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry, as well as Kris Joseph, to the Brooklyn Nets. In return, the Celtics received a few role players and unprotected first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 as well as the ability to swap first rounders in 2017.

None of those players really made a significant impact in Boston, but the unprotected draft picks have led to franchise cornerstones in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Brooklyn Nets

Byron Scott, Jason Kidd

In 2001, the Phoenix Suns traded Jason Kidd and Chris Dudley to the Nets for Stephon MArbury, Johnny Newman Soumalia Samake.

In Kidd’s seven season with the Nets, he would be named to five All-Star games and would bring the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

Charlotte Hornets

Back when they were just beginning as the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004, the team traded the No. 4 and No. 33 picks to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Charlotte would go on to draft Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor, who was a solid contributor for the expansion team.

Chicago Bulls 

The Seattle Supersonics drafted Scottie Pippen No. 5 overall in the 1987. They would then trade the future Hall of Famer for No. 8 overall pick Olden Polynice and future draft picks.

Pippen would be named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in seven of the 11 seasons he played in Chicago.

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