Biggest what-if NBA trades that almost happened

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The NBA could’ve looked a lot different if various trades involving star players went down over the last several years.

Here are the biggest what-if trades that almost happened:

  • Scottie Pippen to the Seattle Supersonics (1994): Bulls get Shawn Kemp and Ricky Pierce; Sonics get Pippen
  • Kobe Bryant for LeBron James (2007): After the Cavaliers said no, they tried to find other ways to get Kobe on James’ team
  • Kevin Garnett to the Lakers (2007): Timberwolves get Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum; Lakers get Garnett
  • Dwyane Wade to the Bulls (2008): Bulls get Wade; Heat get No. 1 overall pick (likely Derrick Rose), Joakim Noah, Thabo Sefolosha and Drew Gooden
  • Amar’e Stoudemire to the Warriors for Stephen Curry (2009): Suns get Curry; Warriors get Stoudemire, No. 14 pick
  • Chris Paul to the Lakers (2011): Lakers get Paul; Hornets get Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic; Rockets get Pau Gasol
  • Kevin Love to the Warriors for Klay Thompson (2014): A trade that could’ve changed the Warriors dynasty
  • Paul George to the Cavaliers (2017): Cavaliers get George; Pacers get Gary Harris, No. 13 pick; Nuggets get Kevin Love
  • Kyrie Irving to the Bucks (2017): Cavaliers get Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon; Bucks get Irving