NBA Biggest Trades Ever, All 30 Teams

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat with a game official during their game against the Dallas Mavericks in December 2012.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Aug 31, 2023, 7:43 PM
  • Here’s a list of every NBA team’s biggest trades in their respective franchise history.
  • Each team’s listed player had the most significant impact or the biggest haul of players included in the deal.

The trade market is one of the most exciting and intriguing facets of the NBA. It’s where teams transact with each other to either improve their roster (and NBA championship odds) or start a rebuild. 

These exchanges and swaps of players were also responsible for altering the landscape of the league.

Some of the biggest trades that shifted the NBA’s power and produced multiple championships for their respective teams include:

  • The Boston Celtics’ acquisition of Bill Russell in 1956 (which racked up 11 titles)
  • Scottie Pippen’s arrival in Chicago in 1987 (which piled up six titles)
  • The legendary stint of LeBron James in Miami, resulting in four straight NBA Finals appearances and two titles

Regardless of these monumental trades that sent shockwaves across the basketball community, all the teams in the NBA have made their fair share of the biggest trades in their respective franchises.

Find out the biggest trades for each NBA team below.

Every NBA Team’s Biggest Trades

NBA TeamBest Player Acquired Via Trade
Atlanta HawksDominique Wilinks
Boston CelticsBill Russell
Brooklyn NetsJason Kidd
Charlotte HornetsGlen Rice
Chicago BullsScottie Pippen
Cleveland CavaliersKevin Love
Dallas MavericksDirk Nowitzki
Denver NuggetsAllen Iverson
Detroit PistonsBill Laimbeer
Golden State WarriorsAndre Iguodala
Houston RocketsJames Harden
Indiana PacersTyrese Halibuton
Los Angeles ClippersChris Paul
Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant
Memphis GrizzliesMarc Gasol
Miami HeatLeBron James
Milwaukee BucksOscar Robertson
Minnesota TimberwolvesRudy Gobert
New Orleans PelicansBrandon Ingram
New York KnicksEarl Monroe
Oklahoma City ThunderShai Gilgeous-Alexander
Orlando MagicTracy McGrady
Philadelphia 76ersWilt Chamberlain
Phoenix SunsCharles Barkley
Portland Trail BlazersDamian Lillard
Sacramento KingsChris Webber
San Antonio SpursKawhi Leonard
Toronto RaptorsKawhi Leonard
Utah JazzRudy Gobert
Washington WizardsMoses Malone

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.