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20 Recent Blockbuster NBA Trades And Which Team Won The Deal

The NBA is always changing and franchises are always trying to revamp their rosters by utilizing the draft, free-agency, and trades. Making good trades is incredibly important to the success of a team, because we have seen some lopsided trades go down that really hurt a franchise for years due to what was thought to be a small trade. It seems as though there has been an increased in player movement around the league, as a lot of players and organizations are more interested in money and winning than loyalty.

A player spending his entire career with one team is becoming less and less common, with Dirk Nowitski likely being the last notable player in this league who will finish his NBA run with a single franchise.

The NBA looks a whole lot different than it did say just a few years ago and a lot of these trades down below shook up the league. We're also sure to see plenty more in the coming months with some major impending free agents and contenders being determined to dethrone the stacked Golden State Warriors.

In this article, we will be looking at 20 recent NBA trades, and deciding which team got the better end of the deal. Recent is a relative term, so we will be making the cut off five years into the past for this list.

As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this article in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Here are 20 recent NBA trades and which team won the deal.

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20 Wolves Send Jimmy Butler To Philadelphia For Robert Covington/Dario Saric

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Winner: Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers and the Timberwolves recently made a deal which sent All-Star talent Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for role players Robert Covington and Dario Saric. The deal looked like a solid move for both parties, with the Sixers getting more star power and the Wolves getting younger guys to build around. Jimmy Butler has been outstanding for Philly so far, and the Wolves did not get nearly the talent they could have for a player such as Butler. Philadelphia got the better end of this one and will likely be an Eastern Conference finalist because of it.

19 Phoenix Sends Isaiah Thomas To Boston For Marcus Thornton

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Winner: Boston Celtics

Isaiah Thomas was an MVP-caliber player when he was on the Boston Celtics a few seasons ago. Not only was IT4 a draft steal (he was picked last), but he was also a steal in this particular trade. Boston acquired him from the Phoenix Suns for Marcus Thornton and a Cavs first-round pick (landed at 28). This turned out to be an absolute steal for the Celtics, as Thomas blossomed into one of the most dominant scorers in the NBA, on the way to being the top team in the Eastern Conference, record-wise. While Thomas' stats have decreased since then due to injuries, this was a big trade for the Celtics.

18 Minnesota Trades Kevin Love To Cleveland For Andrew Wiggins

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Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers

When LeBron James decided he was going to come back home and try to bring a championship to Cleveland, the Cavs made a big trade where they moved Andrew Wiggins, the first overall pick, to Minnesota for star big man Kevin Love. While Love never was the same player as he was with the Wolves, he was a great supporting player for LeBron, helping them win a championship. Wiggins hasn't lived up to the hype he had when he was entering the league, as he is a one-dimensional scorer who has struggled with his shot through his career.

17 Kings Send Boogie Cousins & Omri Casspi To New Orleans For Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, 1st & 2nd Round Picks

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Winner: Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings was DeMarcus Cousins's home for a long time, and it was a big move for the franchise when they traded him for some younger prospects. Cousins was let go for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and a first and second round pick. DeMarcus only spent a season with New Orleans before signing with the Golden State Warriors. Considering Cousins turned out to be essentially a rental, it looks as though the Kings got the better end of this deal. Buddy Hield is looking very good for them this season, and Cousins would have signed elsewhere anyway.

16 Clippers Trade Blake Griffin To Detroit For Tobias Harris/Avery Bradley

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Winner: Detroit Pistons

The Pistons made a solid move last season in trading for star player Blake Griffin to pair up with their established star, Andre Drummond. Griffin is having his best season to date as of now, as the Pistons are looking like a formidable foe in the East for the first time in a long time.

Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley are good players, but the Clippers didn't expect for Griffin to play the way he has for the Pistons. Add to Bradley's current struggles and it's easy to see why Detroit got the better end of the deal for this one.

15 Raptors Land Kawhi Leonard/Danny Green For DeMar DeRozan/Jakob Poeltl

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Winner: Toronto Raptors

This was a big-time trade that went down before the 2018-19 season started, where we got to see two stars swap conferences in Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan. Up to this point in the 2018-19 NBA season, both players have looked good, but Leonard has really looked special as he is leading the Raptors to the best record in the league.

It was a surprise to see the Raptors trade DeRozan, but it has looked like the right move considering how dominant both Kawhi and the team has been so far. Likewise, the Raptors have won with the better secondary component in this trade (Danny Green) than the Spurs (Jakob Poeltl).

14 Cleveland Sends Kyrie Irving To Boston For Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder & 1st Round Pick

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Winner: Boston Celtics

Kyrie Irving stunned the league when he announced he wanted to step out of LeBron's shadow in Cleveland and move to another team. The Celtics jumped at the chance to add the star point guard to their roster, and they were willing to move Isaiah Thomas, one of the best guards in the league at the time, Jae Crowder, and their 2018 1st rounder. The Celtics have struggled this season but look as though they might be on the right track, and with Kyrie leading the team, they know their team is always in it. Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas, the main asset going the other way, didn't even last a full season in Cleveland.

13 Sixers Trade Jrue Holiday To New Orleans For Nerlens Noel, Draft Pick

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Winner: New Orleans Pelicans

The 76ers and Pelicans made this deal a few seasons back, and it turned out to be a great trade for the New Orleans Pelicans. Jrue Holiday was 23 years old when Philly moved him for Nerlens Noel and a draft pick, and it was a piece of "The Process" that Sam Hinkie actually got wrong on this one. Noel didn't pan out in Philadelphia for very long, and the Pelicans are still enjoying the talents of Holiday, as he has blossomed into one of the best guards in the league. The Pelicans got the better end of this deal for sure.

12 Chris Paul For Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Etc.

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Winner: Los Angeles Clippers

It felt as though Chris Paul was stuck in Los Angeles not winning for a decade, and it was good news for a lot of fans he was being moved to the Houston to play with James Harden. In exchange for his talents, the Clippers got Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, a few other players, picks, and cash considerations. The Rockets looked really good last season in the regular season, and while they obviously didn't get to the championship, fans were excited for this year. So far this season, the Rockets haven't looked the same at all, and it looks as though the Clippers have been playing well behind Williams and Harrell who has looked great.

11 Boston Trades No.1 Overall Pick To Philly For No.3 & 1st Rounder

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Winner: Boston Celtics

As a Sixers fan, this hurts to write, because at the time this looked like the best move Philadelphia could have made. The trade was simple; the Celtics move their first overall pick to Philly so they could select Markelle Fultz, and Boston got the third pick to grab Jayson Tatum and they got Sacramento's first-round pick for this year.

Looking back at it now, the Celtics got the better end of this deal greatly, as they were able to draft the better player and get the Kings pick this season, which the 76ers had the rights to originally.

10 OKC Sends James Harden To Houston For Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin, Picks

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Winner: Houston Rockets

The Thunder really had something special brewing a few seasons ago where they had a young big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. For monetary reasons, the Thunder wanted to move Harden as they believed he had the least potential out of the three, and it turned out to be one of the worst moves in team history as they only got Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin, and a few picks for one of the best players in the league right now. The Houston Rockets made a great trade for this one as they were able to acquire their franchise star for cheap.

9 Chicago Trades Jimmy Butler To Minnesota For Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, 1st Round Pick

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Winner: Chicago Bulls

This is another trade that surrounded Jimmy Butler, this one being during the 2017 NBA Draft. It was a big move, as the Bulls began their rebuild as they traded away Butler for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and the seventh pick in the draft which turned out to be Lauri Markkanen. It looked like a good trade for the Wolves as well as he would be joining Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins to create a big three, however, the move did not work out for Minnesota. LaVine and Markkanen have looked very good for the Bulls, and Butler didn't mesh at all in Minnesota which is why the Bulls won this trade easily.

8 Boston Sends Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett To Brooklyn For Three 1st Rounders

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Winner: Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics used the Nets' hunger to compete immediately upon their move to Brooklyn greatly on this one, as they were willing to trade two of their aging superstars for draft picks, which turned out to be one of the best trades they have ever made. The "super team" that Brooklyn tried to build by selling their future didn't work out at all, and the Celtics have gotten to reap the rewards of this for years, as they have selected some big prospects that could have all been Nets players. The Celtics badly fleeced the Nets with this trade.

7 Orlando Trades Victor Oladipo To OKC For Serge Ibaka

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Winner: OKC Thunder

This trade went down a few seasons ago, and it looked like a bad trade for Orlando off the bat and it turned out to be one in the end. The Magic wanted to add Ibaka to the roster to add some defense and veteran leadership, and they were willing to trade young Victor Oladipo to the Thunder for him. Ibaka didn't work out in Orlando at all, and while Victor Oladipo didn't last in OKC either, Oladipo has turned into a really good player and the Magic should have held on to him. Another point to note is that the Thunder were able to use Oladipo as a trade chip to land Paul George.

6 Houston Sends Kyle Lowry To Toronto For Gary Forbes, 1st Rounder

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Winner: Toronto Raptors

The Rockets were trying to re-tool the team immensely at the trade deadline in 2012, and one of the moves they made was trading Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors for Gary Forbes and a future first-round pick. The trade didn't look that bad for the Rockets at the time, as they were trying to stock up on picks, but Lowry has obviously turned out to be one of the best guards in the league. The Raptors got one of their franchise players with this seemingly small trade. The Rockets wouldn't have their PG problem solved until they traded for Chris Paul in 2017.

5 Atlanta Sends Dennis Schroder To OKC For Carmelo Anthony

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Winner: OKC Thunder

Dennis Schroder was the star of the Atlanta Hawks for a couple years, and it was a surprise to many when he said he wanted to be traded and play for a new team. The Hawks made sure his request came true, and he was then traded to the Thunder for Carmelo Anthony, of all players. Schroder has played very well playing behind Russell Westbrook this season for OKC, and Carmelo never ended up playing for the Hawks and is now looking for a team to join since being dropped by the Rockets. Great trade for OKC for this one.

4 Ricky Rubio For Protected First Rounder

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Winner: Utah Jazz

Ricky Rubio was drafted with the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and while he hasn't played like a top-5 draft selection in the league, he has definitely shown that he belongs in the NBA as a point-guard. The Timberwolves shipped him to Utah for a measly draft selection, which they thought was the right move because they signed Jeff Teague. Teague did not play like he did with the Hawks, and it turned out to be a bad move for them, as Rubio has looked good with the Jazz. Meanwhile the Timberwolves still haven't quite figured out what direction they're going in.

3 OKC Lands Paul George For Victor Oladipo

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Winner: OKC Thunder

The Thunder and the Pacers made a big move a couple of offseasons ago, as the Thunder traded Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana in exchange for Paul George. Last season, I would have said the Pacers won the deal, but so far in this season, the Thunder have looked very solid behind Paul George's 25 points per game. On the other side, Oladipo is out indefinitely with knee soreness. The Thunder are contending for a championship and landing George was a positive move for them. This is a move that's likely to chance perceptions as time goes on.

2 OKC Trades Reggie Jackson To Detroit For Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin

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Winner: Detroit Pistons

This was a trade that many didn't understand when it originally went down, as it had the Thunder trading talented young prospect Reggie Jackson to Detroit for Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin. Jackson did say he wanted to start on another team rather than play behind Russell Westbrook, but the team didn't get enough good pieces for Jackson. Reggie has been very good for the Pistons over the past few years, and Singler and Augustin haven't had nearly the same success for the Thunder. Keeping Reggie Jackson on top of what the Thunder have now really would've made them a force.

1 Sixers Trade Mikal Bridges To Phoenix For Zhaire Smith, Future 1st Rounder

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Winner: Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges is a Villanova legend, as he was able to win two NCAA championships there. Philly looked like the perfect spot for him to continue his NBA journey, and the Sixers shouldn't have traded him after drafting him 10th overall. They ended up going for Zhaire Smith, who has yet to play an NBA minute due to injury and the Heat's first-round pick in a few years from now. Bridges has looked good for the Suns, as he almost has the most steals for any rookie in the NBA. We'll have to wait a few more years to make a final verdict but it definitely is tilting in the Suns' favor at the moment.

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