We’re not even to the All-Star break yet and there are already some calling for the Cavs to trade Kevin Love. Really? Already? Seems a bit early.
That’s because when Cleveland acquired the three-time All-Star from Minnesota over the summer, it signified a new regime in the NBA. The Cavs not only had LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but they had the new age Big Three, a trio of big-time stars under 30 years old fit to rule the league for the next five years.
While seeing stars team up doesn’t happen every year in this league, it does certainly feel like there’s at least one monster trade per year. In recent years, we’ve seen No. 1 draft picks traded. We’ve seen Dwight Howard traded. We’ve seen Deron Williams traded. We’ve seen James Harden traded. These moves are part of what makes this league so exciting.
However, it’s probable that no recent moves have had the same impact as trades involving Kevin McHale, Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen once had. And today it feels like the perfect day to go digging in the crates.
As Love returns to Minnesota tonight for the first time after the trade, we’re looking back at all of the big trades that made differences. The ‘sota fans will probably boo him…or maybe he’ll get lucky and get a few cheers. Either way, there’s no guarantee that Love’s move from Minnesota to Cleveland will ever resonate the way some of these trades have, but it certainly has the potential to. Here are 10 Blockbuster Trades That Changed the NBA Forever.
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