It took quite a few teams to pull it all off — and cost some important pieces in Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen — but the Brooklyn Nets have acquired James Harden to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The trade may go down as the biggest one in franchise history, but this certainly isn’t the only big move made throughout the history of the franchise.
Nets Wire looked back at the moves the organization has made — even dating back to their ABA days — to see which are the team’s 10 most important deals in franchise history that preceded Harden.
Here they are, in order of oldest to most recent:
Aug. 1, 1973
Acquired Julius Erving from the Virginia Squires in exchange for George Carter and cash.
Oct. 20, 1976
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Acquired cash from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Julius Erving.
Aug. 27, 1981
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Acquired Darryl Dawkins from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' 1983 first-round draft pick (Leo Rautins) and cash considerations.
Jan. 23, 1991
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Acquired Drazen Petrovic from the Portland Trail Blazers and Terry Mills from the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade that sent Greg Anderson and the draft rights to Bryant Stith (the 13th overall selection in the 1992 NBA Draft) to Denver.
March 11, 1999
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Acquired Stephon Marbury and Chris Carr from the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as Elliot Perry from the Milwaukee Bucks, in a three-way trade that sent Sam Cassell to Milwaukee and Brian Evans and Chris Gatling to Minnesota.
July 18, 2001
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Acquired Jason Kidd and Chris Dudley from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman and Soumaila Samake.
Dec. 17, 2004
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Acquired Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and two first-round draft picks.
Feb. 23, 2011
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Acquired Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks (Nets 2011, Golden State 2012) and cash considerations.
July 12, 2013
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Acquired Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, D.J. White and a 2017 second-round draft pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) and the right to swap first-round selections in 2017.
July 7, 2019
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Acquired Kevin Durant and a protected 2020 first-round draft pick from Golden State in exchange for D'Angelo Russell, Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier (sign and trade).