OK, this could be fun. Or it could be frustrating, depending on how you look at it.
While there is plenty of controversy surrounding this trade, this isn't near the most controversial in franchise history. We've had some pretty tough ones to swallow.
Topping the list would probably be..
Earl Monroe for Mike Riordan and Dave Stallworth - If there IS a curse on this team, it's because of that move. Not just trading him, but giving him to the Knicks. I wasn't around then, thank god. I may have started watching Bowling if I was.
Chris Webber for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe - was pretty bad. A shame, because I was always a big fan of both of those players. Mitch Richmond is one of the all time under-rated players in the league. He wasn't the least bit flashy, so he didn't get the press. But he was about as dependable as you could get. Thorpe was a rugged post player who could defend at PF and C, and was smart as hell. BUT giving up a top ten player like Webber for two over-the-hill players was ridiculous. And Wes saying it had "nothing to do with Webber's off court troubles" was insulting to the fanbase intelligence. If it was a "purely basketball decision", as Wes claimed, then he may be the single dumbest decision maker in leagues history. *EVERYONE" knew what it was about, so why not own up to it?
Rasheed Wallace for Rod Strickland and Harvey Grant - This may have irked me more than the Webber deal even. Although Strickland was a hell of a player, trading big for small is never a good idea. The reason it really got to me though was because I didn't really understand why we drafted Rasheed in the first place, with Webber and Howard already on board. We all knew Howard was never a SF. I figured if we wanted a PG, we should have just drafted
Damon Stoudamire. (Though wouldn't it be nice if we had taken Garnett?)
Ben Wallace for Ike Austin - UGH!! this one just shows how awful our talent dept was. Given, nobody knew Wallace would become the best defensive player in the league, but anyone who followed the team knew we had someone special. Aside from all that, the biggest joke may have been that we not only gave up Wallace, 3 other players as well for an overhyped player who was already declining. Austin had been traded for BRENT BARRY, and we gave up a solid backup PG, a deadeye shooter, a rugged big man, and a future All Star/Def. POY/NBA champion for him. I reiterate - UGH!!
Now, to be fair, while these are some of the worst, one sided trades in NBA history, we also have one of the all time coup's on our side, that being the Caron/Kwame deal.
Any of you have deals to add to the list, good or bad? And which trade, in your opinion, is/was the worst?