Latest NBA fad: Aggregating superstars

At least four franchises in the last six years have added multiple superstars in a single offseason. But not all have worked out.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 29, 2013
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The latest NBA fad is aggregation of superstars. At least four franchises in the last six years have added multiple superstars in a single offseason. But not all have worked out:

2007 CELTICS

Added: Kevin Garnett, 31, and Ray Allen, 32.

What it cost: The Timberwolves traded Garnett for Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair and two first-round draft picks. The SuperSonics traded Allen along with Glen Davis for Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and a second-round draft picks.

Result: The Celtics went 66-16 and won the 2008 NBA title. They went to Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals before losing but have been on a slow descent since.

2010 HEAT

Added: LeBron James, 25, and Chris Bosh, 26.

What it cost: LeBron, as a free agent, chose Miami. Then the Heat and the Cavaliers worked out a sign-and-trade in which Cleveland received two first-round and two second-round draft picks, plus a trade exception. Bosh, as a free agent, also chose Miami. Then the Heat and the Raptors worked out a sign-and-trade in which Toronto received two first-round draft picks and a trade exception.


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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