10) Carmelo Anthony, born in Brooklyn, always spoke of playing in the tri-state area. After a prolonged and very public flirtation with the New Jersey Nets, Anthony ditched the Denver Nuggets to join fellow superstar Ama’re Stoudemire on the New York Knicks this week.
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9) After several productive years with the Phoenix Suns in the mid-90s, Barkley abruptly jumped ship to join an early incarnation of a “super-team” in Houston. Sadly teaming up with fellow superstars Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon didn’t result in a ring for Sir Charles.
8) Randy Moss was traded not once but twice in one season last year. First, he was bounced from the New England Patriots, then alleged prima donna behavior forced him off the Minnesota Vikings roster. Finally he wound up on the Tennessee Titans with his reputation severely damaged.
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7) The 2007 trade of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics became the prototype for the modern-day ‘super-team’. Considered to be slightly past there prime, Allen and KG, along with Paul Pierce, brought the Celtics their first championship since 1986.
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6) Terrell Owens’s time with the 49ers was fill with drama (He once implied his QB gay). After playing in the Pro Bowl with McNabb, Owens openly expressed his desire to be an Eagle. The 49ers however traded him to the Ravens. Owens disagreed with the move, to the point of threatening to sit out the season. Cooler sides prevailed and the deal was reworked to send him to Philly. This was followed by bitter and contentious stints at Dallas, Buffalo and currently Cincinnati.
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5) Despite leading the Philadelphia Eagles to five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2004, the franchise traded McNabb to their divisional rival Washington Redskins in 2009.
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4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar disliked the culture and climate of the mid-west and in 1975 he demanded the Milwaukee Bucks trade him to either Los Angeles or New York. The rest is NBA history.
3) Back in 1998, Saints coach Mike Ditka leveraged all of his draft picks to obtain star running back Ricky Williams. Yet Williams didn’t really break out until after he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
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2) Back in 1996, then-rookie phenom Kobe Bryant was traded on draft day to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac! The Hornets are still kicking themselves over this one
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1) In one of football’s most infamous trades, running back Herschel Walker was dealt by the Dallas Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989 for 5 players and 6 draft picks. While the Cowboys were initially derided for traing their premier running back, the players and draft picks they recieved would be their building blocks for their 1990s Super Bowl dynasty.
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While Deron Williams’s trade to the New Jersey Nets is dominating headlines in the sporting world, just two days ago, all eyes were on Carmelo Anthony, as fans waited to see he where he would land before the trade deadline. Now with ‘Melo and Ama’re Stoudemire, the New York Knicks are proclaiming they are “back”. With this blockbuster trade finally completed, we at theGrio wanted to take a look back at past trades that left sports fans cheering for joy or face palming their heads disgust. Here are theGrio’s most controversial sport trades.