Trade: Boston Celtics get Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk; Phoenix Suns get Joe Johnson.
Mortgaging your future is cool and all, but is it really worth it? Back at the '02 deadline, Boston was a fringe contender and saw a chance to make it to the NBA Finals in a very weak Eastern Conference. They traded then-rookie Joe Johnson to Phoenix for Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk at the deadline. Boston went to the Eastern Conference Finals, but blew a 2-1 lead to the New Jersey Nets. Rogers left in free agency and Delk left a year after, while Johnson blossomed into a 6x All-Star. We think the Celtics would've been a little better pairing Paul Pierce with Johnson rather than Ricky Davis or Wally Szczerbiak.