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Three NBA general managers who aren't afraid to deal

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 16, 2009 at 12:24 am •  Published: February 16, 2009

Three GMs who aren't afraid to pull the trigger on a deal.

Bryan Colangelo, Toronto Raptors

The bold moves started during his Phoenix days and have continued north of the border. Some have been boneheaded — sending Jason Kidd from Phoenix to New Jersey for Stephon Marbury — and some brilliant (later flipping Marbury for expiring contracts that led to the free agent signing of Steve Nash). Colangelo's recent history includes trading Charlie Villanueva for T.J. Ford before later trading Ford for Jermaine O'Neal and eventually parting with O'Neal for Shawn Marion.

Sam Presti, Oklahoma City Thunder

Ten trades in less than two years on the job certainly will pad the resume. So far, he's been in mostly tear-down mode with his deals, agreeing to anything that will shed salary while possibly adding a future draft pick in return. The names Donyell Marshall, Adrian Griffin, Ira Newble, Francisco Elson and Brent Barry say it all. Time will tell what kinds of deals Presti is capable of fetching when the goal turns into acquiring players who can actually help the team over the long haul.

Kevin Pritchard, Portland Trail Blazers

Because of this one man, it's become nearly impossible to keep track of the NBA Draft. Pritchard made two trades in the 2007 Draft, sending Zach Randolph to New York for Steve Francis and Channing Frye and acquired James Jones and Rudy Fernandez from Phoenix in exchange for cash. Last year, he swapped top 15 picks Brandon Rush for Jerryd Bayless and later acquired Nicolas Batum for Darrell Arthur and Joey Dorsey.


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