Outside of free agency, the trade deadline may be the craziest day on the NBA calendar. Every year, we see plenty of big names and All-Star talents being traded and we see moves that have a direct impact on the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.
Championships can be won at the trade deadline and this season, there are plenty of All-Star caliber talents who could end up being on the move. There have been plenty of NBA trade rumors circulating around the league about superstar talents and if there is one thing we know, it is that all 30 teams are going to be actively looking to acquire new talent in order to potentially win a championship.
Earlier this year, we saw one of the biggest trades in NBA history when James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. The Harden trade basically “set the market” for what each player is worth in the league on the trade market because of how valuable Harden is and the caliber of player he is.
Brooklyn traded away three unprotected first-round picks, four first-round pick swaps and three key role players for Harden, meaning that we could see plenty of role players and draft picks in another trade on the move for another superstar player at the NBA trade deadline.
While everyone is technically still in the hunt for the playoffs at this point in the season, you could make the case that 27 teams in the league have a legit shot at making the playoffs this year. The NBA is as competitive as it has ever been and with the abundance of talent, this year’s NBA trade deadline is expected to deliver some fireworks.
With that being said, let’s take a look at 5 shocking NBA trade deadline moves that would blow up the NBA and have social media buzzing!