20. Pau Gasol to the Lakers Date: 2/1/2008 Trade: Los Angeles Lakers get Pau Gasol and a a 2010 2nd Round Draft pick (Devin Ebanks); Memphis Grizzlies get Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Marc Gasol, a 2008 1st Round Draft pick (Donte Greene), and a 2010 1st Round Draft pick (Greivis Vasquez).
The Lakers are like that teenager who makes his Monopoly earnings by constantly picking on that 7-year-old who knows very little about the concept of rent. The difference here is the NBA just doesn't seem to wise up because Los Angeles has been snatching up stars for decades. The latest example is Pau Gasol. The forward is now expendable when it comes to trade talks and was often called "Pau Gasoft" even when the Lakers weren't playing like basura. Los Angeles won two championships with that soft ass forward, however. Anybody picture the Grizzles front office looking back on their acquisition of Kwame Brown with fond memories? Well, at least they got the tougher Gasol out of the deal.
19. LaMarcus Aldridge to the Blazers Date: 6/28/2006 Trade: Portland Trail Blazers get LaMarcus Aldridge and a 2007 second-round pick (Demetris Nichols); Chicago Bulls get Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa
Here's LaMarcus Aldridge's and the other two players' career stats in a glance.
LaMarcus Aldridge: 18.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 BPG, still in the NBA Tyrus Thomas: 7.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG, currently unsigned Viktor Khryapa 9.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.7 BPG, playing in Russia. See how the Bulls made a slight error here?
18. Jermaine O'Neal to the Pacers Date: 8/15/2000 Trade: Indiana Pacers get Jermaine O'Neal and Joe Kleine; Portland Trail Blazers get Dale Davis
Jermaine O'Neal is averaging 6.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds this season. The man isn't a ticket-seller, but here's the thing: O'Neal is still in the league. He's a shell of his former self, but O'Neal was still a six-time All-Star and was part of a dominant Pacers squad (the last one before Paul George and co. started running things). Dale Davis on the other hand isn't on an NBA court and has struggled to average double digits in points his entire career. See how Portland may have gotten stiffed?
17. Vin Baker to the SuperSonics Date: 9/25/1997 Trade: Seattle SuperSonics get Vin Baker; Milwaukee Bucks get Terrell Brandon, Tyrone Hill and a 1998 first-round pick (Pat Garrity); Cleveland Cavaliers get Shawn Kemp and Sherman Douglas
It's not like any of the sides got a huge boost in this situation. Seattle just happened to lose the most. Shawn Kemp wasn't happy with his salary, and the SuperSonics inability to give him what he wanted forced them to deal. What they got in return was Vin Baker, an alcoholic who eventually let his worst habits end his career.
16. James Worthy to the Lakers Date: 2/15/2008 Trade: Los Angeles Lakers get Butch Lee, 1982 first-round pick (James Worthy); Cleveland Cavaliers get Don Ford and 1980 first-round pick (Chad Kinch)
It's not about the main players being given up here. Do you ever stay up late watching Butch Lee highlights? The highlight reels many did end up watching was James Worthy's, who turned out to be the first-round draft pick the Cavaliers gave up. Don Ford only lasted two seasons with the Cavs and 1980 draft pick Chad Kinch played just one season before tragically succumbing to AIDS-related complications in 1994.
15. Chris Webber to the Kings Date: 5/15/1998 Trade: Sacramento Kings get Chris Webber; Washington Wizards get Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe
One of the front office's duties is specifically to not make ridiculous moves like these. But it still happens, especially if you're on the constantly subpar Wizards staff. Before Michael Jordan thought drafting Kwame Brown qualified as a smart decision, the Wizards decided to give away a perfrectly capable, pre-injury Chris Webber for Mitch Richmond. That's the post-Run-TMC, I'm-only-doing-this-for-a-few-more-years-so-fuck-it Richmond they were getting for the Webber that pushed the Kings to becoming a Western offensive powerhouse. They didn't think they were going to get a mulilgan, did they?
14. Vince Carter to the Nets Date: 12/17/2004 Trade: New Jersey Nets get Vince Carter; Toronto Raptors get Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams, a 2005 first-round pick (Joey Graham) and a 2006 first-round pick (Renaldo Balkman)
Nonsense like this is the reason the Raptors only made it out the first round of the playoffs just once in its franchise's history. Not only did the Raptors give up the most electrifying player in its history; in return, they got a deal that said, "Hey, being nationally relevant is sort of not our thing." Perhaps Toronto thought the aging Alonzo Mourning had a bit more to give, but it turns out they were wrong. The weak contributors in Eric and Aaron Williams didn't help either.
13. Moses Malone to the Rockets Date: 8/24/1976 Trade: Houston Rockets get Moses Malone; Buffalo Braves get a 1977 first-round pick (Wesley Cox) and a 1978 first-round pick (Michael Ray Richardson)
This is one of the few cases where an NBA team gets a steal only to get robbed in turn. The Buffalo Braves (yes, Buffalo, NY did have a basketball team. It's now the Clippers) got Moses Malone for a first-round draft pick who didn't do much in the NBA. Then in an odd form of poetic justice, the Braves also ended up giving away Malone for draft picks. One of who was 1978 first-rounder Michael Ray Richardson, who was good, but not Moss Malone good. The craziest thing about this whole transfer is that Malone left Buffalo after appearing in two games and not scoring a single point.
12. Bill Russell to the Celtics Date: 4/30/1956 Trade: Boston Celtics get Bill Russell; St. Louis Hawks get Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley
Can two players produce a fraction of what Bill Russell can do? Whoever ran the front office for the St. Louis Hawks is still trying to figure that out. It turns out, they were off. Way off. Off by five MVPs and 11 titles to be exact. Both Hagan and Macauley made the Hall of Fame, by the way, so it's not like the Hawks received a couple stiffs in return for the greatest winner in American sports.
11. Dirk Nowtizki to the Mavericks Date: 6/24/1998 Trade: Dallas Mavericks get Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity; Milwaukee Bucks get Robert Traylor
To be fair, Dirk Nowitzki wasn't that good during his first few years in the league. He averaged less than 20 points per game his first two seasons before finally getting it together in 2000. It's still a highly questionable decision even under the guise of fairness. Nowitzki averaged 8.2 points per game in his first season, which is a little less than double of what Robert Traylor averaged his entire NBA career before spending his last days playing internationally.
10. Julius Erving to 76ers Date: 10/20/1976 Trade: Philadelphia 76ers get Julius Erving; New Jersey Nets get $3 million
Isn't this something? One of the greatest players in NBA history was traded (or sold) for cash, and it was all because of a broken promise. The Nets joined the NBA during the 1976-77 season and had to pay $3.2 million as an entrance fee. The Knicks also pressured Nets owner Roy Boe to pay $4.8 million as a fee for invading their territory, which was a bigger issue since he promised to raise Erving's salary when his team joined the NBA. So Boe went back on his promise, upsetting Erving to the point where he refused to take part in training camp. As a result, Erving took his talents to the 76ers for $3 million.
9. Eddy Curry to the Knicks Date: 10/4/2005 Trade: New York Knicks get Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and a 2007 first-round pick (Wilson Chandler); Chicago Bulls get Jermaine Jackson, Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney, a 2006 first-round pick (LaMarcus Aldridge), a 2007 first-round pick (Joakim Noah), a 2007 second-round pick (Kyrylo Fesenko) and a 2009 second-round pick (Jon Brockman)
Say these two names: Eddy Curry and Isaiah Thomas. If you're a Knicks fan and didn't suffer a brain aneurysm, you're strong. The Thomas reign over the Knicks last decade turned memories of the '90s powerhouse into distant ones, and one of the era's nadirs is the existence of Eddy Curry in blue and orange. Curry was great offensively in the post, but that skill wasn't good enough to outweigh his gross lack of work ethic, heart issues, an poor defense. Curry's contract was worth six years and $56 million, yet he only played 10 games for the Knicks. A shame, since he would've fit right along with New York's no-defense philosophy.
8. Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers Date: 7/9/1968 Trade: Los Angeles Lakers gets Wilt Chamberlain; Philadelphia 76ers get Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, and Darrall Imhoff
Wilt Chamberlain wanted out of Philadelphia after consecutive exits in the first round of the playoffs, although a few believe he wanted to go to L.A. because he wanted to date white women. Regardless of the reasons, Chamberlain wanted to go and pressure was put on the front office to deal him out. Unfortunately, pressure bursts pipes and weak front offices and the Sixers let the Lakers rob them. Jerry Chambers, Darrall Imhoff, and Archie Clark lone claim to current relevance is being part of this horrible trade.
7. Oscar Robertson to the Bucks Date: 4/21/1970 Trade: MIlwaukee Bucks get Oscar Obertson; Cincinnati Royals get Charlie Paulk and Flynn Robinson
You normally don't get that much magic from a star nearing the end of his career, so it's understandable he'd be on the trading block. Fourty years later, it's agreed that Robertson wasn't your normal type of star, but he got traded for a very normal pair a players. Robertson went on to do what he couldn't with the Royals: Win an NBA Championship. The Bucks swept the Baltimore Bullets in the Finals in 1971.
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers Date: 7/16/1975 Trade: Milwaukee Bucks gets Junior Bridgeman, Dave Myers, Elmore Smith and Brian Winters; Los Angeles Lakers Get Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley
The Lakers got a man who would finish his career with six MVPs, six championships, 19 All-Star selections, and the most points in NBA history. The four players the Bucks received finished with a combined total of two All-Star appearances...Great deal, no?
5. Robert Parish to Celtics Date: 9/9/1980 Trade: Boston Celtics get Robert Parish and a 1980 first-round pick (Kevin McHale); Golden State Warriors get a 1980 first-round pick (Joe Barry Carroll) and a 1980 first-round pick (Rickey Brown)
The Warriors fucked it up for themselves in two ways in this deal. The most immediate way is trading Robert Parish, the legendary center who would go on to help the Celtics win three titles and ride the bench for another one with the Bulls. That deal was bad by itself, but it's made even worse by that 1980 first-round pick they gave up. He turned out to be Kevin McHale, another Hall of Famer the Warriors missed out on. Golden State managed to bounce back thanks to the help of that potent Run-TMC offense but went about a decade and a half without winning a playoff game following Mitch Richmond's departure.
4. Dominique Wilkins to the Hawks Date: 9/2/1982 Trade: Atlanta Hawks get Dominique Wilkins; Utah Jazz gets John Drew and Freeman Williams
Could you imagine the combination of Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, and John Stockton on one team? It could've happened, but the NBA also runs on money. The Jazz were going through cash flow issues and Wilkins didn't want to play for them. So Utah was forced to trade for subpar talent and some cash. Stockton, Malone, and Dominique could've won a couple Larry O'Briens.
3. Scottie Pippen to the Bulls Date: 6/22/1987 Trade: Chicago Bulls get Scottie Pippen and a 1989 first-round pick (Jeff Sanders); Seattle SuperSonics get Olden Polynice, a 1988 second-round pick (Sylvester Gray) and a 1989 first-round pick (B.J. Armstrong)
Scottie Pippen wouldn't be one of the key members of the Bulls dynasty if a few more folks at Seattle had their heads on straight.. B.J. Armstrong is the only one from this bunch you can classify as kind of all right by today's standards, and that's really not good enough for someone who would push to win six championships in his career. The Seattle front office—now in Oklahoma City—definitely wised up a bit.
2. Charles Barkley to the Suns Date: 7/17/1992 Trade: Phoenix Suns get Charles Barkley; Philadelphia 76ers get Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry
Superstars don't always lead teams to championships, so sometimes a franchise has to go in a different direction and trade that superstar for something else in hopes of improving. This is part of why a Carmelo Anthony trade is often suggested. Charles Barkley was no doubt a star before he had his MVP during his first season with the Phoenix Suns, but the Sixers never made it past the conference finals with him. The goal of making such a trade is to get players that will contribute to the team's blueprint and improve the team. Jeff Hornacek was decent, but adding in Andrew Lang and Tim Perry just simply isn't enough. That's the type of move that helps doom your franchise to decade long mediocrity.
They couldn't get a first round pick for Chuck?
1. Kobe Bryant to the Lakers Date: 7/11/1996 Trade: Los Angeles Lakers get Kobe Bryant; Charlotte Hornets get Vlade Divac
There's only so much a rookie prospect can show you, but he can't possibly show you the ability to make the sort of impact someone like Kobe Bryant has. We can't imagine that line of thinking comforts the Hornets front office when they think about what could've been if Bryant had spent his years in Charlotte. The franchise had a pre-draft deal that sent the 13th pick to the Lakers in exchange for shameless career flopper Vlade Divac. The Hornets needed to fill in the center role after trading away Alonzo Mourning and reaching for a necessity eventually became known as one of the franchise's most infamous moments.
9. "lol.... the Pau trade being on the list is a joke..." In response to Reply # 0
Marc Gasol has done plenty to justify that trade... it's not even close to being lopsided..
But the Worthy deal should be higher for sure... What Cleveland was thinking about swaping 1st round picks with the Lakers and basically trading Butch Lee for Don Ford.... I never understood why Cleveland made that deal.... The Lakers were already a championship level team...and Cleveland was a terrible team. How could they have ever thought that the pick they were sending the Lakers was going to be worse than the pick the Lakers got back from them???
never understood that..
and to top it off ..obviously the Cleveland front office knew who the ballers in College basketball were at the time...Worthy...Cummings...Dominique..... and more....
that is the most lopsided deal ever in my book...
another interesting thing is that the Lakers being able to draft Worthy..and previously Magic Johnson is what started to open the door for the league to adjust how the draft went..and how you compensate teams from losing free agents..
the Lakers got the pick to draft Magic as compensation for Gail Goodrich....an aging over the hill Gail Goodrich signing with the Jazz....that happening meant the Jazz had to give the Lakers 3 picks as compensation including the 1st round pick that became Magic...
then of course getting Worthy because of that Cavs deal...
Being a Laker fan and having basiclly a dynasty built behind getting 1st round draft picks in that way has always made me think it's crazy for ANY team to trade a 1st round pick...
>...for Jeff Hornacek > >most of this list is draft day trades, which I doubt most >people remember > >unless it was their team > >I mean, Lamarcus Aldridge is on this list twice > >and nobody would associate him with any other team than POR > >...and Vlade actually played another decade after his trade
No one employed by the sixers at that time should've worked in the NBA ever again. Shame that spoon had to be mixed up in that mess.
25. "I thought I was past it.." In response to Reply # 16
>Who I believe played four games for the Sixers before >retiring. > >Sorta like when we traded Moses Malone for Jeff Ruland who >played four more games before retiring. > >And we traded the #1 overall pick in the draft in '86 for Brad >Daugherty. > >Sixers should be on this list a few more times than they are. > >
But seeing hornacek coach for the suns still pisses me off. We got hosed in that deal and he came here with a bad attitude and a sourpuss. Fuck that dude.
15. "that wilt trade should be top 5 & Sixers ditching Moses should be there" In response to Reply # 0
Ditched him for Jeff Ruland who was nice but whose signs of injuries was obvious a couple years before deal was made (under 70 games played COMBINED in 2 seasons pre-Philly which he only played Andrew Bynum minutes after arriving here), Cliff Robinson (not to be confused with Portland's dope Clifford Robinson) who was just some guy who was an okay 3rd/4th fiddle 17ppg scorer but that's it.
Meanwhile Barkley is seeing Moses still posting 22 & 11 while he struggles to carry the Sixers where he eventually took the Suns in his first year there.
19. "Some of these don't even make any sense" In response to Reply # 0
A lot of them were not *that* lopsided and some of the ones that were were the result of a hindsight is 20/20 look.
I think it goes without saying much or listing anything that both the Lakers and Celtics have gotten up in the guts of many an NBA GM. Last year Dr J was talking about how as an exec he never entertained a trade with either team. I never bothered to confirm if Orlando ever made a deal with either of them though.
And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
26. "some stats on the Worthy deal..." In response to Reply # 0
This Worthy deal was easily the most lopsided ever...
so the Cavs swapped draft picks with the Lakers...obviously a team that does that should feel some confidence that the other team is going to be worse so they could get the higher draft pick...
some history on the Cavs at that time.... in the 77-78 season they actually made the playoffs under Bill Fitch losing in the first round to the Knicks.... they were led by some veteran players... Campy Russell...Austin Carr....Jim Chones ...Elmore and Bingo Smith...
decent players..but no stars....
then the next season...78-79.... they finish 20 games under .500... with basiclly the same roster...adding a young Mike Mitchell to the mix.... but again...finishing 31-51....
then the year of the trade(s).... 79-80
trades is plural because the Cavs actually made 3 trades with the Lakers that season...
on October 5 the Cavs sent the Lakers their starting Forward Jim Chones for Dave Robish and a 3rd round pick. Doesn't seem like that was a very good trade for the Cavs because Chones had been a starter for the Cavs and was really one of their best players. Dave Robish was the Lakers back up center who put up some solid numbers in the ABA in the early 70's but had never avg. double figures before he was traded to the Cavs in the NBA.... Chones had averaged double figures every season in the NBA leading up to the deal. Chones would go on to play the perfect complimentary role at PF next to Kareem. Robish would later go on to have his best NBA season ever for Cleveland ave. 15 points per and shooting 52% from the field...which isn't that much better than Chones did for the Cavs...
then on October 24 the Cavs sent two 2nd round picks to the Lakers for forward Kenny Carr.. That was actually a pretty good trade for the Cavs.... Carr was the 6th overall pick in the '77 draft... he was in his 3rd year and was coming into his own off the Laker bench.... sending two 2nd round picks for him to me was a solid deal...
Then we come to the 3rd and final Lakers - Cavs deal of the season on February 15th...
When the Cavs made the deal that sent their 1982 first round pick to the Lakers along with Butch Lee for the Lakers first round pick in 1980 and Don Ford....the Cavs had a record of 24-37.
they had acquired Kenny Carr and Dave Robish... their main players were vets like Campy Russell and Austin Carr who was in his 8th season...as well as an 8th year Randy Smith. Earlier in the season they had also traded away Bingo Smith...and released Walt Frazier so he could retire...
So they sacrifice their future 1982 first round when they had a losing record.....pretty much a losing recent history....and a team with NO legit young stars who was being led by guys approaching their 10th year in the league....
and again making a deal with the Lakers...who the Cavs should have had NO reasonable thought that the Lakers in 1982 would have a worse record than the Cavs..
because the Lakers had Kareem....Magic....Wilkes...Nixon...and went on to win the world championship in the 79-80 season....
in that same period of time the Lakers always had a winning record...always made the playoffs..and were always in contention for a conference title. Even before Magic came that was the case.
if anything..the Cavs should have been hoarding draft picks and trying to build a young team since most of their key players were older and getting close to retiring...
Then you look at the player that the Cavs got..
Don Ford was a role playing reserve with the Lakers...he could average about 7 points per game...was a decent defender...but even on the Cavs..would not have been a starter..not over Mike Mitchell at the SF...
The you have the fact that the guys who were drafted in 1982 were college players when that deal was made...the Cavs would have known what that class would be about...and sure...maybe the 3 juniors who were drafted with the first 3 picks would not have come out of college to play for Cleveland...maybe..but even still..that draft had seniors in it like Trent Tucker, Sleepy Floyd, Lester Conner, Terry Teagle, Ricky Pierce, Mark McNamara, Kevin Magee.... and surely some of the other Juniors besides Worthy, Nique and Cummings would have been willing to go to Cleveland...like Quinten Dailey or LaSalle Thompson...
any of those guys would have helped the Cavs more than Don Ford....lol.
this is easly the worst trade ever simply because of where the Cavs were when they made....where the Lakers were....and who the Cavs had on their roster at the time..