The chaos of the NBA’s annual trade deadline has begun.
As the clock ticks closer to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18, teams are shuffling to make that meaningful last-minute deal, in hopes to either secure an NBA superstar who will propel them into title contention or find 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.
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 Dikembe Mutombo as their defensive anchor (11.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game), the 76ers advanced to the NBA Finals in Mutombo’s first year in Philly, while the Hawks finished the season at 25-57. Mutombo stayed with the 76ers for one more season, but their playoff run was cut short in the first round, and age eventually caught up with the 7-2, shot-blocking Hall of Famer.