More times than not, trades in sports are done right.
One team will fulfill its specific need; the other party will do the same.
If not to fill a specific need on the court, teams will look to make trades in order to free up some cap space or to possibly gain a few draft picks.
At times, however, there are trades where it's so clearly unbalanced you would think the team that ended up with nothing was party to some kind of plan.
Take for instance the trade between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers, in which the Lakers received Pau Gasol, yet all they had to give up was Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Marc Gasol and two draft picks.
We nearly encountered an even worse trade this summer.
A trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic appeared imminent; it would have resulted in the Magic giving up Howard in exchange for Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a few draft picks in return.
Had the trade been completed, it would have provided the Nets with one of the league's top starting lineups and the Magic would be lucky to win 25 games next year.
Luckily for us, the trade didn't go through, and we can all maintain our sanity for the moment.
While we won't be speaking of Dwight, we will take a look at five trades that took place starting in the 2011 offseason that could have possibly been nullified due to "basketball reasons."