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10 Biggest Blockbuster Trades in NBA History
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When the Lakers dealt Shaq to the Miami Heat, shockwaves were felt throughout the NBA.

The "Blockbuster Trade."

Trades happen all the time in professional sports. Some are big, some are minor. Some seem big when they're made, but turn out to be not as massive as originally thought. Others fly under the radar, but actually turn into significant trades. 

Then there are the "blockbusters." These are the trades that grab headlines when they happen, and whose impact is felt throughout the NBA for years.

They don't happen all that often. They usually involve superstars, or players for whom stardom seems inevitable.

Teams usually aren't in a hurry to jettison big-name players and risk incurring the wrath of fans and media.

Of course the fact that these types of deals don't happen frequently, only makes them more dramatic when they do happen.

Most of the following deals will include players who were well-established when they were dealt; there are exceptions, though. Some deals that have transpired over the years have had such a dramatic influence on the league, and its history that in retrospect they have become "blockbusters."

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