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- Kevin Love – Originally Drafted/Traded By Memphis Grizzlies in 2008
Love was considered one of the very best passing centers in the game, coming out of UCLA, with a ton of upside. The Grizzlies packaged him along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker and O.J. Mayo. ANTOINE WALKER!
- LaMarcus Aldridge – Originally Drafted/Traded By Chicago Bulls in 2006
Before he was with the Spurs, and before he was with the Blazers, Chicago took Aldridge with the second overall pick in 2006. They promptly traded him to the Trail Blazers for Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa.
- Marc Gasol – Originally Drafted/Traded By L.A. Lakers in 2007
The Lakers took Pau’s younger brother in the 2007 NBA Draft, then traded Marc and Kwame Brown, a 2008 first-rounder, a 2010 first-rounder and two other players for Pau Gasol and a second-rounder. A brother-for-brother trade!
They ended up winning with the elder Gasol, but it’s tough to look back on this trade with pride if I were a Lakers fan.
- Rajon Rondo – Originally Drafted/Traded By Phoenix Suns in 2006
Rondo helped steer the 2008 Boston Celtics to an NBA Championship and has proven to be one of the best assist-men in the NBA over the past decade. The Suns moved him in 2006 because they had veteran point guard Steve Nash, but Rondo could have kept this team relevant for the next decade.
Rondo was traded on draft day along with Brian Grant for a 2007 first-rounder that ended up being Rudy Fernandez. What’s really interesting about the draft pick used on Rondo, is that it exchanged hands several times before the Suns used it to pick him (between the Lakers, Celtics and Hawks).
- Dirk Nowitzki – Originally Drafted/Traded By Milwaukee Bucks in 1998
It’s tough to imagine Dirk in a Bucks uniform, right? The Bucks moved Nowitzki on draft day with Pat Garrity for Robert Traylor. But the nickname “Tractor” Nowitzki just doesn’t make sense.
- Pau Gasol – Originally Drafted/Traded By Atlanta Hawks in 2001
As we mentioned earlier, the older brother was eventually traded for his younger brother, but well before that, the Hawks traded him on draft day with the Grizzlies. He was traded in exchange for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the very first Grizzlies pick ever in Vancouver. Gasol would become a frequent All-Star and he’d win back-to-back champions with the post-Shaq Lakers.
- Andrew Wiggins – Originally Drafted/Traded By Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014
What a blockbuster trade, considering back-to-back No. 1 overall picks were traded (Wiggins and Anthony Bennett (2013)) from Cleveland in order to bring back Kevin Love from Minnesota. It also helped them get LeBron James back to Cleveland, of course. The 76ers were also involved in this deal, but basically just to help facilitate the deal.
- Kawhi Leonard – Originally Drafted/Traded By Indiana Pacers in 2011
The Pacers moved Leonard (the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft) in a package deal to San Antonio for George Hill. It’s tough now to think of Leonard as a role player in his first few seasons in the NBA, as he scored under 13.0 points per game in his first three NBA seasons.
- Rudy Gobert – Originally Drafted/Traded By Denver Nuggets in 2013
Gobert was a late first-round pick by the Nuggets (27th), who then traded the center to the Jazz for Erick Green and some cash. Gobert didn’t start one game in his rookie season, then he started less than half of his second season. But in the past few years, he has really come into his own.
- Eric Bledsoe – Originally Drafted/Traded By Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010
In a draft day deal, Bledsoe was shipped to the Clippers for Fab Melo, considering OKC already had Russell Westbrook and James Harden in their backcourt, with Kevin Durant! But once Bledsoe got to the Clippers, a year later, they signed Chris Paul!
- Elfrid Payton – Originally Drafted/Traded By Philadelphia 76ers in 2014
Originally, the 10th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was owned by New Orleans, who sent it to Philadelphia with Nerlens Noel the previous summer in exchange for Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson. The 76ers then picked Payton and traded him to Orlando in exchange for Dario Saric and the Magic’s 2017 first-round pick.
- Scottie Pippen – Originally Drafted/Traded By Seattle SuperSonics in 1987
Possibly the most famous draft-and-trade player in NBA history! The fifth overall pick in 1987 was sent from Seattle to Chicago for Olden Polynice and future draft pick options. Interestingly, he didn’t become the Bulls’ starting small forward until the team reached the NBA Playoffs in his rookie season.
- Chris Webber – Originally Drafted/Traded By Orlando Magic in 1993
Against all odds, the Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery in back-to-back seasons in 1992 and ’93. They took Shaq and Webber, with those picks, but they moved Webber in a draft-day deal to Golden State for Penny Hardaway and three first-round picks! They both ended up playing over 15 seasons, but Webber was a star for longer. He ended up going to Washington in his second season, where he ended up averaging 20.9 ppg and 9.7 rebounds per game.
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