10 Trades That Changed NBA History

By Alan Rubenstein

A look at the trades that created dynasties and left other teams ruined and without hope

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There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not Chris Paul should have been allowed to be traded to the Lakers. Paul would have teamed with Kobe Bryant to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history.

It remains to be seen if the losses of Lamar Odom (who has since been traded to Dallas) and Pau Gasol would have created too big of a hole to replace up front.

Paul's trade to the Clippers is a blockbuster one, but doesn't have nearly the star power that the Hornets-Lakers trade would have had. Blockbuster trades have been a part of the NBA landscape for over 50 years, and many of them have changed the course of history. Here are 10 of them:

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