Wilkins was the third overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Jazz, but he wouldn't become the "Human Highlight Film" in Utah. After refusing to sign with the team, Wilkins was traded to Atlanta for John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash.
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Denver gives pick to Portland
Denver gave up its 1983 first-round pick to Portland for T.R. Dunn -- and the Trail Blazers used it to select Clyde Drexler at No. 14. "The Glide" went on to have a Hall of Fame career, becoming a 10-time All-Star and twice leading Portland to the NBA Finals. He would later a win a championship with Houston in 1995.
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Dirk Nowitzki moves from Milwaukee
After being the ninth overall pick by the Bucks in the 1998 draft, Nowitzki was traded to Dallas for forward Robert Traylor, who was the sixth overall pick. Nowitzki has since been an 12-time All-Star, 2007 league MVP, and Finals MVP after leading the Mavs to their first championship in 2011.
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Seattle sends Scottie Pippen to Chicago
The team of the '90s may have never been if not for a key trade following the 1987 draft. Seattle selected Pippen with the fifth overall pick, while the Bulls took Olden Polynice at No. 8. The teams then swapped the two players, along with draft picks, on draft day. Pippen went on to play a vital role on Chicago's six championship teams.
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Warriors trade Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain was already a scoring machine with the Warriors, but that wasn't enough to keep him in San Francisco as he was traded to Philadelphia after the 1965 All-Star break for Paul Neumann, Connie Dierking and Lee Shaffer.
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Celtics deal for McHale and Parish
Celtics general manager Red Auerbach knew how to play the game on and off the court. He traded their No. 1 pick and another first-round pick in the 1980 draft to the Warriors for the No. 3 pick and center Robert Parish. Boston used that pick to select Kevin McHale (32), who helped the Celtics add three more championship trophies to their collection in his 13-year career.
Lakers get Magic with Jazz's pick
The New Orleans Jazz acquired Gail Goodrich from the Lakers in 1976. And in return, Los Angeles got the Jazz's 1979 first-round draft pick. That pick turned out to be the No. 1 selection (after a coin flip, per league rules at the time) and was used to select Magic Johnson, who led the Lakers to an NBA title his rookie season and four more in his Hall of Fame career.
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Hornets let Kobe go
The Hornets couldn't have predicted when they gave up Kobe Bryant after selecting him at No. 13 in 1996 draft for Lakers center Vlade Divac that the 17-year-old would become a 16-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion.
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Bucks grant Kareem his wish
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was already a dominant force in Milwaukee and led the Bucks to their lone championship in 1971. But the midwest wasn't a fit for him and he requested a trade after the 1974-75 season. The Bucks sent him to Los Angeles in exchange for Junior Bridgeman, Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith, and Brian Winters. Abdul-Jabbar finished his career as the NBA's all-time scoring leader and won five more titles with the Lakers.
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Hawks give away chance for Bill Russell
The Celtics dynasty would have never existed without legendary coach Red Auerbach. Boston wasn't in good position in the pecking order of the 1956 draft to get Russell, but Auerbach found a way by striking a deal with the St. Louis Hawks. He gave up their six-time All-Star Ed Macauley and rookie Cliff Hagan in order to get the big man with the second overall pick. Russell became the most decorated player in NBA history, leading the Celtics to 11 championships.