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Wallace trade the decade's best

ESPN Insider looks at the most lopsided midseason moves since 2001

Updated: February 24, 2011, 9:34 AM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Rasheed WallaceAllen Einstein/Getty ImagesIn trading for Wallace, the Pistons went on to win a championship in 2004.

It may be too early to declare winners in the Carmelo Anthony trade between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets or the deal sending Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz to the New Jersey Nets. That said, there's no doubt that these are two of the most significant trades in deadline history.

With that in mind, let's take a look back at the league's most lopsided deadline deals over the past decade. Keep in mind, while players such as Pau Gasol and Allen Iverson were traded midseason, a trade would have to come within one week of the season's trade deadline to be included in this list.


1. Detroit Pistons acquire Rasheed Wallace (2004)

Wallace

The only deadline deal over the past decade that significantly helped deliver a championship (sincere apologies to Nazr Mohammed, the San Antonio Spurs starting center in 2005-06). The Pistons acquired Wallace, a two-time All-Star at the time, from Atlanta in a three-team deal with Boston for some spare parts and two 2004 first-round picks that ended up yielding Josh Smith and Tony Allen.

It's rare to see a playoff-bound team acquire an All-Star-caliber player at the deadline without relinquishing a key member of its rotation. But the Pistons managed to pull it off, bolstering the core that took down the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers in five games for the title. The Pistons were 34-22 before hauling in Wallace and 20-6 the rest of the way, a .607 to .769 swing in the team's win percentage.