The 20 Worst Trade Deadline Deals in NBA History

12. Ron Artest to the Pacers

Trade: Chicago Bulls get Travis Best, Norm Richardson, Jalen Rose, and a 2002 2nd Round Draft pick (Lonny Baxter); Indiana Pacers get Ron Artest, Brad Miller, Ron Mercer, and Kevin Ollie.
Date: 2/19/2002

Division trades are always interesting because rivalries are involved. When the Bulls traded Ron Ron, could they ever have imagined him turning into the Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Star? The Bulls traded two players who would make All-Star teams with the Pacers, and got a good player in Rose, but nothing else of real value. This trade played a significant role in helping the Pacers have the best record in the NBA and make the Eastern Conference Finals, but took a turn for the worst when Artest and Malice in the Palace became a thing. 

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