Rumored NBA Draft Night Trades And Five Historic NBA Draft Trades

On June 23, the NBA Draft takes place and 58 players have their names called, effectively changing their lives. As always, there will be chaos, including blockbuster trades, surprise ranges and franchise switch picks. Trades on NBA Draft Night can be iconic moments for sports fans and even curb some of the basketball withdrawal symptoms we’ll all inevitably experience after the finals are over. Below, I cover five of the biggest and most historic NBA draft trades of all time that have completely transformed several franchises. Additionally, there are a few trade rumors for this year’s draft featuring the Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets!

Rumored 2022 NBA draft trades

Oklahoma City trades the No. 12 overall and Lu Dort to the Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 7 overall.

OKC was mentioned as a team that could make a big draft night move to move up the lottery with their second pick in the first round to acquire Shaedon Sharpe, a high-ceilinged player who has expressed interest in playing for The to play Thunder. Meanwhile, Portland could immediately improve defensively and add a somewhat proven second scorer to its roster while moving just five picks back. From there, the Blazers could pack No. 12 for another solid play or pick a player.

Portland trades the No. 7 overall pick and Eric Bledsoe to the Detroit Pistons for Jerami Grant and a second-round pick OR to the Toronto Raptors for OG Anunoby

Portland must be feeling the pressure right now; After a stunningly poor season, it did not receive a top pick in the 2022 draft and made an ill-advised trade with the Los Angeles Clippers before the trade deadline. If the Trail Blazers really want to try and surround Damian Lillard with enough talent to win in a tough Western Conference, this might be the most logical move. Adding Grant or Anunoby would be a significant improvement to this list.

Washington Wizards trade the No. 10 overall pick, a future protected first-round draft pick, Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma to the Indiana Pacers for Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner.

Washington seems pretty serious about including a proven star guard in exchange for the tenth pick in this year’s draft, and there’s a chance it might do that and more when it comes to the Indiana Pacers. Myles Turner and Malcolm Brogdon are likely headed out of Indy and the Wizards could get a solid package deal here. It might sound like a lot to give up for Washington, but his lineup could include Brogdon, Beal, Kispert, Turner and Porzingis. That would be interesting.

Washington Wizards trade the No. 10 pick and Deni Avdija/Corey Kispert with Sacramento for the No. 4 pick.

If Washington decides not to trade for a proven all-star caliber guard, they should trade at No. 4 where they can snap up Jaden Ivey. The Wizards might not want to part with so many rotary players and franchise assets to bring in Malcolm Brogdon, Dejounte Murray or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, all of whom have been discussed in trade rumours. I have a feeling the price will be too high and trading Ivey might be the best move.

Charlotte Hornets trades No. 13 Kelly Oubre Jr. and a future draft pick for Myles Turner to the Indiana Pacers.

Charlotte has long been mentioned as a team in need of a good starter and there may not be a better candidate than Myles Turner. Turner can play fast and keep up with the Hornets’ run-and-gun offense while still giving them legitimate rim protection. Charlotte doesn’t have to give way much here as she still has number 15 in this year’s draft and can fill Oubre’s spot pretty seamlessly. The Pacers could secure another lottery pick in this year’s draft to expand their young core of Tyrese Haliburton and Chris Duarte.

5 Historical NBA Draft Trades

2018 – The Hawks traded the No. 3 overall pick (Luka Doncic) to the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 5 overall pick (Trae Young) and a future first-round pick used to draft Cam Reddish. Atlanta and Dallas have won on this trade so far as Young and Doncic are both superstars. Each team has already reached a conference final.

2011 – The Pacers drafted Kawhi Leonard, Erazem Lorbek and Davis Bertans, then traded them to the San Antonio Spurs for point guard George Hill. Leonard has won two NBA championships and been selected to three All-NBA First Teams. Indiana could have paired Paul George with Kawhi Leonard but didn’t think it needed more wingers.

1998 – Milwaukee acquired Robert Traylor from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Pat Garrity and Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki went on to become one of the greatest shooters in NBA history and also brought Dallas a championship over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

1996 – Charlotte traded Kobe Bryant to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. Bryant ended his Los Angeles career as one of the greatest Lakers players of all time, with five championships and more memorable games than one could count. Meanwhile, Divac only played two seasons in Charlotte before finding his next home in Sacramento.

1987 – Chicago traded Olden Polynice and two future draft picks to Seattle for draft rights to Scottie Pippen. Pippen has one of the most historic rags to riches stories in NBA history; He was just over six feet tall after graduating from high school with no college offers and shot to 6ft 8 while in college, and was offered a running place at Central Arkansas, a NAIA school. Pippen won six NBA championships for the Bulls with teammate Michael Jordan.

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