Dwight Howard and the Nets-Celtics blockbuster trade got the majority of the attention this offseason, but a lot of big NBA names changed teams this offseason, and they found out Tuesday night when they will get the chance to get revenge on their old teams.
Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings defected to the Detroit Pistons from the only teams they had played with, creating fascinating matchups early in the season. Smith returns to his hometown Hawks when the Pistons visit Atlanta Nov. 20. Just five days later, Jennings will face his old teammates -- and Brandon Knight will face his -- when the Bucks travel to Detroit for a meeting on Nov. 25
The Utah Jazz will have a little reunion road trip, visiting their old front line, when they travel to Atlanta and see Paul Millsap's new digs Dec. 20. and then go to Charlotte and call on Al Jefferson and the Bobcats the next night.
Two players who had just one year with their former teams but quickly became beloved members of the organizations, Andre Iguodala and Andrei Kirilenko, will also have a chance to show their former employers what they're missing. Iguodala and Warriors visit the Nuggets Dec. 23. Kirilenko and the Brooklyn Nets go to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Nov. 22.
Finally, in what might be the warmest reception a visiting player will get this season, Metta World Peace and his hometown Knicks will visit the Staples Center and the Lakers for the first time this year on March 25.