most lopsided nba trades
I just found a site called elevationmag.com that listed the 20 most lopsided trades of all time. Here are some of them in the order the other site listed them. I left out a bunch because they were from 25+ years ago. I added some of my own thoughts on the trades in ( )'s
1-july 1996, Charlotte trades KObe Bryant to Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac
---(the real kicker is that the lakers needed desperately for someone to take vlade off their hands so they could afford to sign Shaq that summer. They would have given him away for free and getting KObe was a bonus)
2-july 14th 2004, Los Angeles Lakers trade Shaquille Oneal to Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant and future 1st round pick(Jordan Farmar)
---(heat won a title, but as a laker fan i would take this trade all over again)
3-june 24th 1998, Milwaukee Bucks trade Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Gerrity to Dallas for Robert 'Tractor' Traylor
---(crazy how much this trade could have changed these two teams fortunes. And milwaukee thought they were getting their pf of the future in traylor)
4-september 1st 2000, Portland Trailblazers trade Jermiane O'Neal and Joe Kleine to Indiana for Dale Davis
---(portland gave up on the still young Oneal right before he became a star in indiana)
5-july 17th 1992, Philidelphia 76ers trade Charles Barkley to Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry
----(Barkley won the mvp the very next year and led phoenix to the finals. Hornacek was very good for philly, perry and lang not so much)
6-june 27th 1987, Seattle Supersonics trade Scottie Pippen to Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice
---(Would jordan have won all those titles without scott?..thanks to the sonics, we'll never know)
7-february 14th 1995, Portland Trailblazers trade Clyde Drexler and Tracy Murray to Houston Rockets for Otis Thorpe
---(Clyde went to houston played at an all-star level and helped houston win a title the very next year. Otis was a solid rebounder but this trade never did make much sense to me)
8-june 29th 2001, Phoenix Suns trade Jason Kidd to New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury
---(Kidd would lead the nets to 2 finals appearances. At least the suns were able to turn marbury into cap space to sign nash within a few years)
9-november 1st 1991, Golden State Warriors trade Mitch Richmond and Lee Jespen to Sacramento Kings for Billy Owens
---(Richmond was an all-nba player for many years and led sac throughout the 90's. Owens was an average ball player with no true position)
10-august 3rd 2000, Orlando Magic trade Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons for Grant Hill
---(At that time, if you would have said the magic were getting hosed by trading ben wallace for grant hill, people would have laughed. Who knew hill would never be the same player for orlando while battling through injuries and wallace would become a defensive force and help lead the pistons to a championship)
11-june 27th 2001, Houston Rockets trade Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins and Brandon Armstrong to New Jersey Nets for Eddie Griffin
---( I remeber when this trade went down Barkley criticized New Jersey saying "you dont trade a franchise player like Eddie Griffin for a bunch of scraps)
Draft day 2006 T'Wolves deal Brandon Roy to the Blazers for Randy Foye.
yup knicksfan, that too. That would be right up there with the rest.
What makes that deal even more lopsided is that Foye is no longer with the T'Wolves. Even if Foye was the average player that he is still playing for the T'Wolves it wouldn't make the deal look as bad.
maybe although foye was turned into rubio and as much as rubio is an unknown, i would probably take him over foye.
I dont recall Butler being on LA..
butler played one year for la averaged about 16 a game and then was sent to washington for kwame brown.
The Pau Gasol to the Lakers trade deserves a spot on the list.
LOL at Eddie Griffin.............
thats so strange, i dont remember butler playing in LA either...thats really crazy...
The Lakers basically gave Butler up for nothing then too...
yeah, butler for kwame was a terrible trade, but at least they turned kwame into pau so in the long run it worked.
what about chicago trading aldridge to portland for tyrus thomas...seattle trading corey maggette to orlando for horace grant
What about the raptors giving up a young star with McGrady? AND giving up VC
i dont believe mcgrady was traded. As for vince, yeah he could be up there too although he was playing half assed for toronto and had already quit on that team.
Oh, mcgrady could have signed as a FA like you are saying, I am probably wrong...do any of you guys see Toronto trading Bosh, because he is as good as gone...?
Bosh is leaving Toronto no matter what, he has basically said that.. so T.O. should trade him (although they probably wont) and as for T-Mac, he basically said he did'nt want to play in toronto, so it was sort of the same as the V.C. situation.
Pretty much EVERY trade the Bulls have made in the last 8 years! We had Ron Artest (all star), Elton Brand (all star), Jamal Crawford (dropped 50 a few times), Tyson Chandler (although Im not too mad about that, hes still been to the playoffs more lol), John Salmons (killin in Milwaukee), traded the rights to Lamarcus Aldrigde (still wanna punch Paxson for that!). Smh....... After the Cavs whoop on us, if we dont get Chris Bosh, Im sickin Vinny on John Paxson again!
KG trade? I know Big Al is decent, but KG went over and got a ring while we are considering trading Big Al this offseason.
The one that comes to mind being a Celtics fan would be the Warriors trading Robert Parish and the third pick (Kevin McHale) to us for the first overall pick. Two of the greatest big men of all time, and they got nothing in return really. Also wasn't Wilt traded once? Thats got to be lopsided no matter who they got in return.
mgreener, i believe that very trade involving parish as well as a few involving wilt were included on the list from the other site. I just left out deals from 25+ years ago because i doubt too many people today remeber that stuff or some of the names from back then.
The Pippen trade should be higher. Not only did it allow the Bulls to dominate for the next decade, it also started a blueprint that a ton of teams tried to start copying. I don't know how many times I've heard a certain superstar needs his Pippen.
Thats understandable, drafting was different back in the day. But to keep it more recent, the Suns trading Steve Nash to the Mavs should be up there. Sure they got him back, but he was still an amazing player.
The suns got Sam cassel for nash and truth be told, while nash was in dallas, he and cassell were pretty close. Nash was never an mvp candidate until he came back to phoenix.