There are no doubts about the fact that sports are one of the purest and popular forms of entertainment that are available to us. One of the more popular sports that is both played and watched on a worldwide scale is basketball. The most popular league in which the best basketball players from around the world play and compete in is the NBA, the National Basketball Association. It is a league that drafts the top talents from around the world via means of annual drafts in which they draft from either high school graduates, college graduates, overseas leagues, or those who play abroad in International leagues.
One aspect of the NBA that gets fans excited each year is player trades. This occurs when a team decides that they would like to have either one or a combination of a single player, multiple players, and/or draft pick(s) from another team in which they will give up an asset, or multiple assets of their own in the trade transaction. In the history of the NBA, there have been many exhilarating and unexpected trades that have taken place that had effects of putting fans, players, and anyone else who is tied to professional basketball in one way or another in shock.
One trade that was not necessarily favored by the city’s fans at first was on which included big man Christian Laettner and fan-favorite Spud Webb, who was the shortest player ever in NBA history to win the dunk contest. The Atlanta Hawks received Christian Laettner from the Minnesota Timberwolves for their high-leaping point guard, Spud Webb.
After Michael Jordan, who is undoubtedly renowned as perhaps the best basketball player of all time, had retired for the second time after a comeback, the Chicago Bulls had difficulty with rebuilding itself. For that reason, they decided to completely tear the team down so that they could essentially start from scratch and build it back up by obtaining rights to high draft picks and pursuing high-caliber free agent signings. After experiencing their fourth consecutive year of no success, they decided to send forward Ron Artest (later referred to as Metta World Peace), enter Brad Davis, and shooting guard Ron Mercer to the Indiana Pacers for Jalen Rose. Two out of the three players that the Chicago Bulls sent, Brad Miller and Ron Artest, went on to become All-Stars, thus, making it a bad trade for the Chicago Bulls.
In the NBA season of the years 1993-1994, shooting guard Jeff Hornacek of the 76ers looked to be on a decline at 30 years old. He was averaging 16.6 points per game, which was down from two years before in which he was averaging a career high of 20.1 points per game. The 76ers dealt Hornacek to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline in exchange for who may have been the better player of the deal at the time, shooting guard Jeff Malone. However, Jeff Malone was unable to perform at his highest levels due to injuries, whereas, Hornacek found a role in which he was able to knock down three pointers next to point guard John Stockton while leading the Utah Jazz to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals in the years of 1997 and 1998.
The NBA has seen many trades and free agent signings that had either turned bad teams into good teams, good teams into bad team, or good teams into what is referred to today as “Superteams.” The above mentioned trades are some examples of what a trade transaction can do for an entire franchise.