Every NBA Teams Worst Trade (Part 1)

I know that I have another series that I haven't written about in a while, but I will be finishing that series eventually. But for now, I wanted to write an article that was less hard, and more interesting to me.

#1 Atlanta Hawks:

In 1956 the St. Louis Hawks had the second pick in the NBA Draft. They drafted a man to the name of Bill Russell out of San Francisco College. That very same night, they traded away Russell to the Boston Celtics in return for HOFer's Cliff Hagan, and Ed Macauley. Don't get me wrong, it is very easy to say in hindsight that this trade potentially cost them some championships, but it still was a decent trade. The Hawks, the following year made it to the NBA Finals, but Bill Russell got the last laugh after beating them in a game seven showdown.

#2 Boston Celtics:

Similar to the Hawks, this trade involved one of the Celt's most recent draft picks at the time. In 2001, the Celtics selected Joe Johnson with the tenth pick. Johson, that season only played 48 games with Boston before being traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Randy Brown, Milt Palacio, and a first-round pick. In return, they got. Tony Delk, Rodney Rodgers. Now, We have seen "Iso" Joe Johnson appear in seven All-Star Games and make an All-NBA team. None of the players Boston received in return made anything out of their career's beside a Rodney Rodgers 6MOY. 

#3 Brooklyn (New York) Nets:

This trade could go down as one of the worst trades of all time. In his four years in the ABA, Erving emerged as the complete package, leading the league in scoring three times, and helping the Nets win two championships. In 1976, the New York Nets traded Dr.J for cash. There were no other players involved, they just traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash. Since this trade occurred when the ABA and NBA were "fighting" to be the mainstream basketball league in the United States at the time, I don't know the ABA's economic situation at that point. Maybe they needed the cash to continue running, but if not, trading away Dr.J was definitely a poor decision.

#4: Charlotte Hornets

In 1996, the Charlotte Hornets had the 13th pick in the NBA Draft. With that pick, they selected Kobe Bryant coming out of Lower Marion HS. Later that night, the Hornets traded Kobe for Vlade Divac. This trade would haunt the Hornets for years to come after Kobe would begin to emerge as a superstar following the 1997-1998 NBA season. Kobe went on to win an MVP award, make 18 All-Star games and win a chip five times, all with the Los Angeles Lakers.

#5: Chicago Bulls

Similar to a lot of other trades on this list, the Bull's worst trade involves recent draft picks at that time. In 2006 the Bulls had the sixth pick in the draft and took LaMarcus Aldridge. Later that night, Aldridge, along with a second-round pick were dealt to the Portland Trailblazers. In return, the Bulls received Viktor Khryapa and Tyrus Thomas who were both out of Chi-Town by 2011. Aldridge is a seven-time all-star (and counting) and has proven countless times that he is a great asset to have on any team.

#6: Cleveland Cavaliers

This trade was not very long ago, and many people probably know what I'm about to say. In 2017, Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a first-round pick. Kyrie did demand a trade a few days prior, but I feel like the Cav's could, and should have waited for a better trade to come up. IT and Jae were trainwrecks for Cleveland and were both gone a few months later. That first-round pick that Cleveland received did become Collin Sexton, who does seem to have a bright future, but it is unlikely he will ever be as good as Kyrie. Plus, to make matters worse for the Cavs, LeBron James even still claims that he left Cleveland due to the frustration over the trade.

#7: Dallas Mavericks

There were a lot of candidates to be the worst trade in the Maverick's history, such as the Jason Kidd trade, or the trade for Rajon Rondo. However, this trade stood out to me the most because of what could have been in Dallas. In 1997, the Dallas Mavericks traded Jamal Mashburn to the Miami Heat for Sasha Danilovic, Kurt Thomas, and Martin Müürsepp. Before this trade, Mashburn seemed destined to be a star after averaging 22.2 points over the course of three years.

#8: Denver Nuggets

For the Nuggets, there is one trade that sets themselves from the rest, that trade being the Nuggets trading the pick that ultimately selected Clyde Drexler to the Portland Trail Blazers. But, I think it is unfair to say that is their fault, because how are they supposed to know what player will be drafted by the pick. It is always a risk to trade away your first-round pick, but I won't penalize them for the mistake. The trade I will be focusing on is the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony away. In 2011 Carmelo Anthony demanded a trade and ended up getting traded. Anthony was sent to the New York Knicks, while the Denver Nuggets received Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks' 2014 first-round draft pick, and some cash. This trade doesn't seem so bad, but they ended up trading a superstar, for a quality starter and a few role players. 

#9: Detroit Pistons

In 2008, the Detroit Pistons traded Chauncy Billups and Antonio McDyess for Allen Iverson. For the Pistons, this trade seemed very short-sighted after Iverson left the Pistons in FA and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. Billups however, had five more quality years as a starter in the NBA and most likely would have spent them with Detroit.

#10: Golden State Warriors

In 1965, the NBA was still very fragile and many organizations, such as the Golden State Warriors made many financially-motivated trades. But, this doesn't give them a free pass. That year, Wilt Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer, and cash. 

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