There are three ways to acquire players in the NBA – the draft, free agency and the riskiest of them all, the trading block. Trades require two teams willing to give up assets, whether they are players, draft picks or cash considerations, in order to get better. The associated risks with having two teams involved in a trade often leaves teams only able to grade the trade in hindsight.
The Golden State Warriors’ best trades were followed by seasons of playoff appearances. The Warriors have a total of 29 postseason appearances and three championships, which surprisingly puts them in the top third of the league. Though the Warriors have not had much success in recent years, their third best trade in franchise history is an example of how a trade can change a team’s season around instantaneously.