This just in... Kobe to Chicago, KG to Boston, Everyone to Somewhere Else
This just rolled in off the newswire...
AP - In the largest trade in NBA history, Kobe Bryant was dealt from Los Angeles to Chicago, Kevin Garnett was dealt from Minnesota to Boston, and Shawn Marion was chopped up and dealt to all five Atlantic Division teams on Thursday in a transaction involving 29 franchises and 313 players.
The Phoenix Suns acquired guard Gilbert Arenas from Washington, while the Wizards received MVP Dirk Nowitizki from the Dallas Mavericks. In addition, LeBron James was shipped to the Miami Heat, Jason Kidd ended up in Golden State, and Steve Nash is a now a Charlotte Bobcat.
The Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings were also involved in the deal. The San Antonio Spurs were not.
The trade was just a bit larger than a 13-player, five-team deal in 2005.
"We traded a lot - our whole team actually - but we got back eleven or twelve quality players," said Bulls general manager John Paxson. "Kobe Bryant is one of the very best multi-faceted, versatile players in this game. He is able to score at will, make plays, and rebound. There isn't anyone in this league with a better all-around game. Oh, yeah, we're also excited to pick up Bostjan Nachbar in the deal. And Wally Szczerbiak."
Toronto also received Brandon Roy from Portland and the #2 draft pick from the Sonics; Utah received Ron Artest from Sacramento; New York picked up Cuttino Mobley from LA and a package - Michael Redd, Bobby Simmons and two third-round draft picks (which don't actually exist) - from Milwaukee; Atlanta acquired Amare Stoudemire from Phoenix and Dwight Howard from Orlando; and the Grizzlies received guard Antoine Walker from the Heat. He's expected to be waived later this afternoon.
ESPN trade guru Chad Ford was unavailable for comment. It is believed his head exploded.