The day that LeBron James was traded in exchange for four picks of the Draft | Mexico


On the 21st of April 1970, shortly after the end of a decepcionate season with a mark of 36-46, the Cincinnati Royals made one of the transfers have the greatest impact on the history of the NBA, sending his large figure, Oscar Robertson to the Milwaukee Bucks. What they received in return? Two players that barely last a campaign in Cincy: Charlie Paulk (By 9.2 points on average) and Flynn Robinson (13,3 points).

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The impact of Oscar in Milwaukee was immediate, despite his advanced age (32 years old) and no longer be the prodigy statistic of its best times. Next to the then called Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), formed a duo unstoppable in 1970-1971, getting a title in no uncertain terms: mark of 66-16 in the Phase of Regular and 12-2 in the Playoffs, including a 4-0 in the Finals to Baltimore.

The duo would reach a second final in 1973-1974, the last of Robertson in the league, falling this time to the Boston Celtics 4-3. They were four years in which together they managed to put the brand franchise of Milwaukee (founded in 1968) in the map of the best sets of the competition.

What is true is that throughout history, many legends were part of an assignment: Moses Malone participated in four (Portland > Buffalo > Houston > Philadelphia > Washington), Shaquille O’neal three (Lakers > Miami > Phoenix > Cleveland), Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco > Philadelphia > Lakers), Charles Barkley (Philadelphia > Phoenix > Houston) two, and both Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston – > Toronto) as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee > Lakers) one.

Even, technically Bill Russell (St. Louis > Boston) and Kobe Bryant (Charlotte > Lakers) were part of the redemptions, taking into account that the moved after being drafteados by other franchises. Or Scottie Pippen, who as we saw in The Last Dance, was originally selected by Seattle.

However, there is a legend that probably you did not know that also had been part of an exchange: LeBron James.

The explosion that generated her “I take my talent to South Beach“during his Decision in 2010, he made a few take notice how was that LeBron came to Miami. And no, it wasn’t signing as a Free Agent, but as part of a transfer. Or more precisely, what is called a sign and trade.

This means that in fact James signed his contract with Cleveland, then traded immediately to Miami. What’s the difference? Beyond administrative and financial issues, that way it allowed the Cavs to stay with something, by more small that is, at the moment of your departure.

A minimum gift of parting, that is of course not compensated for all of the anger of the organization of Ohio.

What was it that sent Miami in exchange for LeBron? Basically, four picks in future Draft: two 2nd Round (2011 and 2012) and two 1° Round (2013 and 2016). More to say that is completely incomprable to the value of James, but between that and not take anything…

With the picks of 2nd Round, it did not happen too much. In 2011, Cleveland selected a Milan Macvan that I would never be able to competition, while the following year they selected Jae Crowderto immediately change it to Dallas, for Kelenna Azubuike and Tyler Zeller. The 1° Round of the 2013 also brought huge dividends for the Cavs: joined Sergey Karasev, who only played 22 games in the franchise, averaging 1.7 points.

Where the story gets more interesting is with the 1st Round of the 2016. As is well known, LeBron came back to Cleveland in 2014, and at the time of his arrival, the team began to shuffle options to reinforce the campus. The great aim was to add to Kevin Love and to do that, they had to divest of several of its best assets. Including the selection of the 2016, that ended in Philadelphia (they chose to Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot two years later), completing the conversion to three bands with Minnesota.

Yes, the same pick that Cleveland will stole to Miami in 2010, then helped him to stay with a man key to get the first title of the franchise, six years later. The turns of life NBA.

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