When the Brooklyn Nets let go of Joe Johnson and let the “Modern Jordan” go south with a big contract
At the coast, all the fans could do was shake their heads and sigh.
The fans’ frustration stemmed from the decline of the team (Joe Johnson’s transfer also helped the Miami Heat become a very competitive elite team in the playoffs), and from the complete failure of the Nets’ business strategy
: The team tried to quickly accumulate talent and buy stars in recent seasons, but after squandering a huge amount of money, the result of team building was nothing.
Winning the NBA championship is a small probability event. Many teams are eager to achieve quick success and reach the pinnacle of the entire league, but it often backfires.
If the team’s managers and coaches are superstitious about quick success, there will usually be major mistakes in business strategy, triggering a series of bad consequences.
In the long river of NBA history, countless player transactions have occurred, and we need to find out the 10 worst transactions from them for a detailed inventory.
In the 1998 draft, the Milwaukee Bucks had already made plans to use their No. 9 pick to select power forward Dirk Nowitzki from Germany. This is undoubtedly a very farsighted choice.
Unfortunately, the Bucks quickly put this decision behind them.
For some incomprehensible reason, the Bucks missed Nowitzki, and they packaged Pat Garrity and Nowitzki in exchange for Robert Turtle, a University of Michigan product that the Dallas Mavericks selected with the sixth overall pick.
Traylor played in the NBA for only seven seasons and started a total of 73 games. Nowitzki, who was traded, played a Hall of Fame career and became one of the best scorers in NBA history (currently ranked
For the Bucks, this is too distressing.
In 1992, Barkley was tired and wanted to leave the 76ers, and the team was willing to grant him, so they sent the future Hall of Famer to the Phoenix Suns.
According to common sense, a team that sent away a star player who averaged 23.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in the season should be rewarded with sufficient practical value. Unfortunately, the 76ers got nothing.
After sending away the 1992-1993 regular season MVP Barkley, the 76ers got Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lange and Tim Perry.
In the next six seasons, the 76ers missed the playoffs and got a taste of the wrong trade.
In the 1975-1976 season, the Portland Trail Blazers held two first-round picks and used one of the late picks in exchange for Moses Malone.
It seems that this is an extremely wise decision, but the Trail Blazers team at the time did not have such a vision.
The Portland Trail Blazers sent rookie Moses Malone to the Buffalo Braves for the 1978 first-round pick (which eventually selected Rick Robey).
When Moses Malone’s career ended, he won three regular season MVPs, 12 All-Stars, a total score of 27,409 points (ranking 8th on the all-time scoring list), and a total of 16,212 rebounds (ranking 5th on the all-time scoring list)
We should include this trade when talking about the poorest draft decisions in Portland Trail Blazers history.
In fact, the Cavaliers did not trade James Worthy to the Lakers, they just gave the Lakers a draft pick, and this draft pick was finally cashed in as an immediate combat power, contributing a future Hall of Fame player to the Lakers.
Why are we including this deal on this list?
It will be explained below.
The Cavaliers’ record in the 1979-1980 season was only 37 wins and 45 losses. They decided to exchange their 1982 first-round pick with Butch Lee for the Lakers’ 1980 first-round pick (for a giant like the Lakers, they pursue
immediate success, so the deal is no problem).
It is a pity that the Cavaliers did not usher in reconstruction, but the Lakers won the No. 1 lottery in 1982 and got the well-known “big heart James Worthy”.
In the 1987 draft, the Sonics used the fifth pick from the New York Knicks to select Scottie Pippen, then packaged him and a 1989 first-round pick to the Bulls for Orr.
Deng, a 1988 second-round pick and a 1989 first-round pick.
As it turned out, this was a huge mistake.
In the Chicago Bulls, Pippen and Jordan won six championships together, becoming a Hall of Famer and a member of the top 50 players in NBA history.
The Sonics have become the Thunder, and Seattle fans will remember the huge losses caused by this wrong trade.
When the Los Angeles Lakers (or Jerry West) made a trade decision before the draft, most fans were skeptical.
Although such a deal will not see results in the short term, fans have never guessed that this high school player has become a cross-generational superstar in the history of the Lakers.
In the 1996 draft, the Charlotte Hornets hoped to select Kobe Bryant with the 13th pick and trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers for star center Divac.
After coming to Los Angeles, Kobe had a crazy career. He was selected to the All-Star 18 times, won the championship 5 times, entered the top three in the history of scoring, and basically locked the future Hall of Fame seat.