NBA SECOND ACTS
Kevin Garnett, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, is the latest elite player to switch teams deep into his NBA career. Here are some others and how they fared:
Milwaukee Bucks, 1969-75
New team: L.A. Lakers, 1975-88
Age at move: 28
All-Star selections, before/after: 6/13
Comment: Abdul-Jabbar demanded a trade out of Milwaukee but went ringless in Los Angeles until Magic Johnson arrived in 1979-80.
Philadelphia 76ers, 1984-92
New teams: Phoenix Suns, 1992-96; Houston Rockets, 1996-2000
Age at initial move: 29
All-Star selections, before/after: 6/5
Comment: Barkley was named NBA Most Valuable Player and got the Suns to the Finals in his first season in Phoenix.
Philadelphia Warriors, 1959-65
New teams: Philadelphia 76ers, 1965-1968; L.A. Lakers, 1968-73
Age at initial move: 28
All-Star selections, before/after: 6/7
Comment: The NBA's most dominant player of all time wanted out both times, then anchored two of the greatest teams ever (76ers in 1966-67, Lakers in 1971-72).
Original team: Portland Trail Blazers, 1983-95
New team: Houston Rockets, 1995-98
Age at move: 32
All-Star selections, before/after: 8/2
Comment: Drexler cooperated with the Blazers on his trade to the defending champion Rockets. That team, led by his college pal Hakeem Olajuwon, repeated.
Chicago Bulls, 1984-1998
Washington Wizards, 2001-03
Age at move: 38
Comment: Jordan returned from his second retirement, after three years, to boost the Wizards' franchise value (he had a piece of the action). He showed only glimmers of his old self but averaged 20 points in those final two seasons.
Original team: Utah Jazz, 1985-2003
New teams: L.A. Lakers, 2003-04
Age at move: 40
Comment: Malone tried to win a ring on Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's jersey tails. It was a dysfunctional year for the Lakers, and he is best remembered with the Jazz.
Cincinnati Royals, 1960-70
Milwaukee Bucks, 1971-74
Age at move: 31
Comment: Like Garnett, Robertson was a multi-dimensional marvel. He went from marquee guy to sidekick in Milwaukee, winning alongside a young Kareem.
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