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These five trades would help NBA's needy

Help can't be found in the draft. Help can be found in the draft-day trades. Here are five suggestions.

Updated: June 23, 2003, 11:35 AM ET
By Sam Smith | Special to ESPN.com

Get a great player in the NBA draft and a team can build a champion.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping that's true with LeBron James, who'll be the No. 1 pick by the Cavs in next Thursday's draft. Get a Shaquille O'Neal -- and keep him -- Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon or Tim Duncan and you're on your way.

But the draft often provides the means for a team to build through a trade.

One of the most famous ones was perhaps Red Auerbach's ...

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