Shortly after the Western Conference won the All-Star Game in New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins found out he was being traded to the city in which he was already.
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The chaos of the NBA’s annual trade deadline has begun.
As the clock ticks closer to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, teams are shuffling to make that meaningful last-minute deal, in hopes of either securing an NBA superstar who will propel them into title contention or finding some key pieces to a more long-term puzzle.
To recognize some of the franchise-altering moves made around this time each season, we take a look back at the most monumental trades that went down as the deadline came to a close since the turn of the millennium.
2001: Dikembe Mutombo to Philadelphia
Who the 76ers got: Dikembe Mutombo and Roshown McLeod.
Who the Hawks got: Toni Kukoc, Theo Ratliff, Nazr Mohammed and Pepe Sanchez.
The result: With a 34-year-old Mutombo as their defensive anchor (11.7 points, 12.4…