Greatest Last-Minute Trade Deadline Deals in NBA History

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Greatest Last-Minute Trade Deadline Deals in NBA History
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The NBA trade deadline has been a fixture of the association since its earliest days. As far back as the 1950s, February deals have been going down.

But despite all the last-minute scrambling and beat-the-clock transacting, most of these many trades did not result in championships for the teams that were involved in each respective move.

The goal of winning a title immediately is not the only reason why teams engage in deadline moves. Oftentimes teams are trying to shed salary or get something in return for a player that they do not believe they will be able to keep.

But every so often, it all works out, and teams are able to add that missing championship piece through a great move in February.

The following slides will feature the five greatest trade deadline moves in NBA history.

 

Trade recaps at the beginning of each slide are courtesy Basketball-Reference.com.

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