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Shuffling the deck

NBA breaks trend with exciting 2001 trading deadline

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Posted: Friday February 23, 2001 12:38 AM

The NBA trading deadline doesn't stir quite the emotions or anticipation of its baseball counterpart. Well, the NBA broke the mold this season with a flurry of last-minute, impact deals.'s Jacob Luft takes a look at deals made on the NBA trading deadline since 1987, broken down by memorable and not-so-memorable years:

Years to remember

Sixers get: Hawks get:
Dikembe Mutombo Dikembe Mutombo stands tall in an Eastern Conference devoid of big men. Andy Lyons/Allsport
Dikembe Mutombo
Roshown McLeod
Theo Ratliff
Toni Kukoc
Nazr Mohammed
Pepe Sanchez
Knicks get: Raptors get:
Mark Jackson
Muggsy Bogues
Chris Childs
1st-round pick
Raptors get: Pistons get:
Jerome Williams
Eric Montross
Corliss Williamson
Kornel David
Tyrone Corbin
1st-round pick
Mavericks get: Wizards get:
Juwan Howard
Calvin Booth
Obinna Ekezie
Christian Laettner
Courtney Alexander
Loy Vaught
Hubert Davis
Etan Thomas
$3 million
Comment: The Sixers get the big man they need to confront Shaq or Tim Duncan in the Finals. Not having the injured Theo Ratliff available for the next few weeks is actually a boost for the Hawks' lottery hopes. Will the critics who bashed Head Wizard Michael Jordan now praise him for pulling off a trade of salary-cap killer and career underachiever Juwan Howard?

Nets get: T'wolves get: Bucks get:
Stephon Marbury
Elliot Perry
Chris Carr
Bill Curley
Terrell Brandon
Brian Evans
Sam Cassell
Chris Gatling
Paul Grant
Sixers get: Bucks get:
Stephon Marbury The Timberwolves fulfilled Stephon Marbury's desire to get closer to the bright lights of New York City. Andy Lyons/Allsport
Tyrone Hill
Jerald Honeycutt
Tim Thomas
Scott Williams
Cavs get: Celtics get:
Andrew Declercq
1st-round pick
Vitaly Potapenko
Knicks get: Sixers get:
Mirsad Turkcan 1st-round pick
Grizzlies get: Rockets get:
Rodrick Rhodes Sam Mack
Comment: The Bucks did well to get Terrell Brandon in return for Stephon Marbury, who would have left as a free agent after the season. The under-appreciated Sam Cassell always has been just good enough to get traded.

Heat get: Warriors get:
Tim Hardaway Tim Hardaway helped usher in a winning era in Miami. Eliot J. Schechter/Allsport
Tim Hardaway
Chris Gatling
Kevin Willis
Bimbo Coles
Heat get: Kings get:
Walt Williams
Tyrone Corbin
Billy Owens
Kevin Gamble
Hawks get: T'wolves get:
Christian Laettner
Sean Rooks
Spud Webb
Andrew Lang
Comment: Pat Riley came into Miami and cleaned house, eventually bringing in Alonzo Mourning to help out a rejuvenated Tim Hardaway. Chris Gatling gets traded more often than the typical Pokemon card.

Jazz get: Sixers get:
Jeff Hornacek
Sean Green
2nd-round pick
Jeff Malone
1st-round pick
Hawks get: Clippers get:
Danny Manning Dominique Wilkins
1st-round pick
Hornets get: Bucks get:
Frank Brickowski
1st-round pick
Mike Gminski
Comment: Jeff Hornacek became an integral part of Utah's two Western Conference championship teams. The Hawks traded the franchise's most popular player for a rental.

Kings get: Celtics get:
Danny Ainge
Brad Lohaus
Joe Kleine
Ed Pinckney
Knicks get: Blazers get:
Kiki Vandeweghe 1st-round pick
Comment: Getting rid of Danny Ainge signaled the beginning of the end of the Celtics' heyday.

Suns get: Cavs get:
Kevin Johnson
Tyrone Corbin
Mark West
1st-round pick
Two 2nd-round picks
Larry Nance
Mike Sanders
2nd-round pick
Bucks get: Suns get:
Jay Humphries Craig Hodges
2nd-round pick
Sonics get: Bulls get:
Sedale Threatt Sam Vincent
Comment: The Suns ended up with a franchise point guard in Kevin Johnson.

Years to forget

Hawks get: Magic get:
2nd-round pick Anthony Johnson
Mavericks get: Rockets get:
Morlon Wiley
2nd-round pick
Scott Brooks
Bulls get: Warriors get:
Ed Nealy 2nd-round pick in 2001
Bucks get: Pistons get:
Orlando Woolridge Alvin Robertson
Knicks get: Mavericks get:
James Donaldson Brian Quinnett
Sonics get: Clippers get:
Benoit Benjamin Olden Polynice
Two 1st-round picks
Spurs get: Warriors get:
Uwe Blab Christian Welp
Clippers get: Warriors get:
Winston Garland Two 2nd-round picks
Knicks get: Hornets get:
Stuart Gray 2nd-round pick
Cavs get: Hornets get:
2nd-round pick Randolph Keys
Timberwolves get: Sonics get:
Brad Sellers Steve Johnson
2nd-round pick
Bulls get: Cavaliers get:
Ben Poquette 2nd-round pick
Comment: After eight long years of waiting, the Warriors will finally reap the dividends this year from that Ed Nealy trade back in 1993. Regarding 1991, it's hard to figure out who got the worst of that Benoit Benjamin-for-Olden Polynice swap.

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