Pau Gasol to Los Angeles Lakers and the 15 Biggest Deadline Deals in NBA History

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Pau Gasol to Los Angeles Lakers and the 15 Biggest Deadline Deals in NBA History
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The 16th Thursday of the NBA season is a date all general managers must dread.

For the few weeks leading up to the day, teams are under tremendous pressure to make a deal that will give them a chance to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy awarded to the NBA champions. Even if a team isn't in contention, it is expected to make a move in the right direction.

That's right. No team is safe from the stress of the NBA Trade Deadline.

With all the expectations, general managers tend to make deals they wouldn't normally make. Players are moved so easily and rosters are shuffled all around the league.

Some trades are valued so high because a role player leads to a championship. Some teams land a player that is good further down the road.

Some teams are the Memphis Grizzlies.

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