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:
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.
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.
Result: Miami reached the 2011 NBA Finals and has won the last two NBA titles.
Added: Dwight Howard, 26, and Steve Nash, 38.
What it cost: The Lakers got Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon from Orlando, while trading Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a 2017 first-round draft pick to Orlando and Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia. The Lakers got Nash in a sign-and-trade with the Suns, sending Phoenix two first-round draft picks and two second-round draft picks.
Result: Disaster so far. The Lakers stumbled to a 44-38 record and were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs. Now Howard could depart in free agency.
Added: Kevin Garnett, 37, and Paul Pierce, 36.
What it cost: The Celtics plan to trade Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn for Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Result: Widespread dismay among small-market franchises.
Note: Ages listed are players' ages at time of deal.