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.