It's getting harder and harder to refer to NBA trades as blockbuster deals since there seems to be a new one every time Blockbuster puts new DVD rentals on the shelf. Think about it. In the two years since Allen Iverson was involved in a "blockbuster" trade from Philadelphia to Denver, there has been a major trade an average of every other month involving a big-name all-star or former NBA most valuable player.
When Iverson was traded from Denver to Detroit on Monday, it was the fourth time since December 2006 that a former MVP was dealt. You've had Iverson, Kevin Garnett (from Minnesota to Boston), Shaquille O'Neal (from Miami to Phoenix) and Iverson again. You have also seen Ray Allen shipped to Boston, Rashard Lewis dispatched to Orlando, Pau Gasol traded to the Lakers, Jason Kidd traded to Dallas, Ben Wallace swapped to Cleveland, Jermaine O'Neal traded to Toronto and Ron Artest shipped to Houston.
You can also include the big names that were needed to make some of these deals happen, like Shawn Marion, Chauncey Billups and, uh, Keith Van Horn.
That's a lot of big-name player movement, with Iverson bringing it full circle. Every trade cannot be considered a blockbuster, but the phrase has been thrown around every time somebody gets dealt (Unfortunately, I even used it in my story on the Iverson deal today).
But the fact remains that Garnett and Allen were the only players to be moved and lead their team to a championship -- and it didn't hurt that they already had a star on the roster in Paul Pierce.
Enough with my Andy Rooney-like ramblings. My question for you is:
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