With the NBA trade deadline having come and gone without much excitement, I've decided to provide some myself—with a look back on the three best deadline deals of the last 10 years.
Best is a word I use lightly when describing these trades because, with many of them, I could just as easily call them the worst. There's almost always a winner and a loser, especially when we look back in hindsight.
I've chosen the positive side here. No one likes hearing about the losers.
While rumors always swirl in the days leading up the deadline, rarely do we see any trades actually come to fruition—even more rarely do we see star players change teams.
However, it does happen.
In picking the best deadline deals since 2004, I primarily considered how much the trade improved the team immediately. While offseason trades typically come as a result of teams wanting to move in a new direction, trade deadline deals are almost always executed due to one side's desire to improve for their impending playoff run.
This isn't to say that I ignored deadline deals involving players that would go on to become key members of the teams they were dealt to. It just means that, when faced with choosing which trade to rank higher, I gave precedence to the one involving an immediate impact player.