What did eventual NBA champions do at the trade deadline?

Sometimes it’s trading for a rotational piece. Other times it’s acquiring a legit starter. And other times still it was trading for heavily protected second-round picks that will never covey just to open up roster spots with which to attack the buyout market.

A lot of the time, however, it was doing nothing.

But every NBA trade deadline, all eyes point straight at the league’s top contenders to see what teams with championship aspirations are going to do to bolster their roster, if anything.

Just in the last six years, for example, four teams that went on to win championships those respective campaigns stood pat and didn’t do anything at the trade deadline.

The other two champions, though, picked up a top-notch starter – the Toronto Raptors trading for Marc Gasol at the 2018-19 trade deadline ring any bells? – and a key reserve – the Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring Channing Frye in 2015-16 – at the deadline, proving that champions can make franchise-altering moves midseason.

Below, check out what every eventual NBA champion from this century did at their respective trade deadlines.

Golden State Warriors (2022)

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Nothing.

Milwaukee Bucks (2021)

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Acquired forward PJ Tucker, forward Rodions Kurucs, a first-round pick and a second-round pick from the Houston Rockets for guard DJ Augustin, forward DJ Wilson and two first-round picks.

Traded forward Torrey Craig to Phoenix in exchange for cash considerations.

Los Angeles Lakers (2020)

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Nothing.

Toronto Raptors (2019)

Traded CJ Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and a 2024 second-round draft pick to Memphis for Marc Gasol; traded Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round draft pick to Brooklyn for cash.

Golden State Warriors (2018)

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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

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Nothing.

Golden State Warriors (2017)

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Nothing.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2016)

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James Jones, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Traded Anderson Varejao and a 2018 first-round draft pick to Portland and Jared Cunningham to Orlando for Channing Frye; Portland traded a 2020 second-round draft pick to Orlando.

Golden State Warriors (2015)

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Nothing.

San Antonio Spurs (2014)

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Austin Daye, Spurs

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Traded guard Nando De Colo to Toronto for forward Austin Daye.

Miami Heat (2013)

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Traded Dexter Pittman, cash and a future second-round draft pick to Memphis for the draft rights to forward Ricky Sanchez.

Miami Heat (2012)

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Nothing.

Dallas Mavericks (2011)

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Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 2011 championship

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Nothing.

Los Angeles Lakers (2010)

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Nothing.

Los Angeles Lakers (2009)

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Kobe Bryant, 2009 Finals MVP

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Traded center Chris Mihm to Memphis for a 2013 second-round pick.

Boston Celtics (2008)

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Nothing.

San Antonio Spurs (2007)

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Nothing.

Miami Heat (2006)

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Derek Anderson and Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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Traded guard Gerald Fitch to Houston for guard Derek Anderson.

San Antonio Spurs (2005)

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Traded forward Malik Rose, a 2005 first-round pick and a 2006 first-round pick to New York for guard Jamison Brewer and center Nazr Mohammed.

Detroit Pistons (2004)

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Rasheed Wallace, Pistons 2004

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Traded guard Bob Sura, center Zeljko Rebraca and a 2004 first-round pick to Atlanta and guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter and a 2004 first-round pick to Boston for guard Mike James and forward Rasheed Wallace.

San Antonio Spurs (2003)

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Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, Spurs

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Nothing.

Los Angeles Lakers (2002)

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Nothing.

Los Angeles Lakers (2001)

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Nothing.

Los Angeles Lakers (2000)

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Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal

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Nothing.

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