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OKC Thunder: James Harden trade a rarity in that both teams benefited immediately

JAMES HARDEN TRADE — It doesn't happen often, a trade the is mutually beneficial for both teams. But that's exactly what happened for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in the trade that sent James Harden to the Rockets and Kevin Martin to the Thunder.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 20, 2013
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Here are three other notable immediate win-wins:

Feb. 22, 2011: In a three-team deal, Denver trades Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams to New York; Denver trades 2015 second-round pick to Minnesota; Minnesota trades Kosta Koufos to Denver and Corey Brewer to New York; New York trades Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2012 second-round pick (Quincy Miller), a 2013 second-round pick, a 2014 first-round pick and cash to Denver; New York trades Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash to Minnesota.

Result: Denver went from a .576 winning percentage (38-28) to .695 (57-25) and now has the NBA's deepest roster; New York won its first Atlantic Division title since the 1993-94 season, went from .545 (36-30) to .659 (54-28) and has the league's new scoring champ in Anthony; Minnesota struggled with injuries this season, but appeared to be playoff-bound when healthy.

July 18, 2001: Phoenix trades Jason Kidd to New Jersey for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman and Soumaila Samake.

Result: New Jersey doubles its victory total from 26 the previous season to 52 and advances to the NBA Finals, where it loses 4-0 to the Los Angeles Lakers; Marbury leads Phoenix in scoring the following season, joining forces with Shawn Marion, Anfernee Hardaway and rookie Amar'e Stoudamire as the Suns qualify for the playoffs.

Nov. 1, 1993: Indiana trades Detlef Schrempf to Seattle for Derrick McKey and Gerald Paddio.

Result: Seattle improves from a 55-27 record to 63-19 and Schrempf's jersey number is retired as one of the best players in franchise history; Indiana improves from 41-41 to 47-35 and advances to the Eastern Conference Finals, thanks in large part to McKey's ability to defend multiple positions.


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