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With the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline only a few days away, all anyone can talk about lately is potential trades involving the likes of Dwight Howard or Rajon Rondo.There should be plenty of activity the next two weeks, since a solid two-thirds of the league is realistically in the playoff hunt.
Sometimes mid-season trades for All-Stars work out, a la Pau Gasol to the Lakers a few years back.
Other times, they don’t really help. (See: Payton, Gary to Milwaukee in 2003.)
SUCCESS: Houston Rockets got Clyde Drexler from Portland in 1995. Clyde the Glide and Hakeem Olajuwon beat Orlando for the NBA title that year.
SUCCESS: Miami Heat acquired Tim Hardaway from the Golden State Warriors in 1996. He and Alonzo Mourning teamed up for numerous playoff runs to end the 90s.
FAILURE: Seattle Supersonics traded Gary Payton to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ray Allen in 2003. Payton only stuck around through the end of that season, which ended in a first round playoff loss for the Bucks.
SUCCESS: Toronto Raptors sent Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets for Alonzo Mourning in 2004. Vincanity was part of three straight playoff seasons as soon as he got there.
SUCCESS: Rasheed Wallace wore out his welcome in Portland by 2004, landing in Atlanta for one game before being part of a three-team trade and ending up in Detroit to finish the season. Sheed was a huge part of the Pistons championship victory over the Lakers.
FAILURE: New Orleans Hornets traded Baron Davis to the Golden State Warriors in 2005. It wasn't entirely his fault, but outside of one fluke 2007 playoff series victory, the Warriors were never any good with Davis around.
FAILURE: Philadelphia 76ers traded Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets for Andre Miller and draft picks in 2006. Iverson couldn't help Denver and Carmelo Anthony get out of the first round of the playoffs in his 2+ seasons there.
SUCCESS: Memphis Grizzlies traded Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for chump change, including draft rights to his brother Marc Gasol in 2008. They went to the NBA Finals and lost to the Celtics that year, before winning it all in 2009.
FAILURE: Miami Heat sent Shaquille O'Neal to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion in 2008. Phoenix bowed out to San Antonio in five games to start the playoffs.
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