Everyone has done something in the past that they have regretted down the road. Most of the time we learn from these actions and make sure we don’t do something similar to it again. For instance when I was in college I ran straight into a pole while wearing a Ted costume. I couldn’t see very well while I was frolicking through the downtown area and someone decided to put a giant metal object in front of me. I later regretted being so stupid and learned that I should be more careful when dawning the giant bear costume. NBA franchises have condoned actions that have had much greater consequences.

Whether it’s a bad trade or a horrible free agent signing, every team has had at least one moment that they wish they could redo. Since time travel hasn’t been invented yet, coaches and front offices must simply live with their decisions and try to work around them. One thing to note while going through this list is that some teams haven’t had as bad of luck as others. Take the Chicago Bulls for instance. They dominated during the ’90s but that doesn’t mean they haven’t made bad decisions in the past (trust me they’ve made plenty). I’m sure your favorite teams entry on this list had some sort of impact on you.

30. Atlanta Hawks: Trading Bill Russell

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While this move transpired several years ago, one can only wonder what the NBA would have been like if it didn’t happen at all. It came before the team officially move to Atlanta in 1968. The St. Louis Hawks drafted Bill Russell with the 2nd pick in the 1956 draft. The Hawks probably didn’t think that Russell would become one of the games greatest centers to ever lace up a pair of sneakers since they traded him moments after they selected him. Boston was the recipient of the trade and they sent Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to play for St. Louis.

Macauley and Hagan by no means were bad players but it’s hard to be better than Bill Russell. His 11 championship rings and five MVP awards speak for themselves. His achievements on the court are outstanding but impact off of it was even greater. He was the first African American NBA coach and played a large role in the Civil Rights Movement. I’m sure Russell would have brought at least one title to St. Louis if he had not been traded.

29. Boston Celtics: Drafting Antoine Walker

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Antoine Walker wasn’t a bad player. Him and Paul Pierce made the Celtics relevant again in the early 2000s but when you look at the 1996 draft there is a glaring mistake that Boston wishes they could rewrite. Walker was taken by Boston with the 6th overall pick. Who was taken seven picks later? Kobe Bryant. Yes, Mr. Bryant could have been a Celtic instead of a Laker. Imagine him in Celtic green instead of purple and gold. Shaq and Kobe would have never happened and Paul Pierce could have won multiple titles.

Averaging 20 points and eight rebounds per game, Walker had his best years come with Boston but there’s no doubt that Bryant had the better career overall. Steve Nash was also passed up by the Celtics in this draft. It’s not as bad as passing up on Bryant, but Nash still would have been a better choice than Walker.

28. Brooklyn Nets: Trading Their Future For Basically Nothing

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The Nets have gotten worse and worse ever since the team moved to Brooklyn in 2012. Their win percentage has dropped every year, having finished 21-61 last season which made them 14th in the Eastern Conference. To make matter even more depressing, Brooklyn made a trade in 2013 that would doom them for years to come. On June 28th, also the day of the draft, the Nets traded Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, future first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) and the rights to swap first-round picks in 2017 to the Boston Celtics. All of this for three guys who were in their mid-30s already: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Wow. Garnett spent two seasons in Brooklyn while Pierce and Terry both left after their first.

The Celtics 2014 pick, James Young, wasn’t much of a loss for Brooklyn but last year’s pick Jaylen Brown is really making the most of his time in Boston. At this point the Nets could use all the help they can get. Probably should have thought about this trade a little more before sending the franchise in a downward spiral.

27. Charlotte Hornets: Trading Kobe Bryant

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Only the Hornets can top the Boston Celtics when it comes to horrible draft decisions involving Kobe Bryant. After Boston passed on Bryant, Charlotte selected him with the 13th overall pick. Before Bryant could get a chance to put on his Hornets jersey, the team traded him to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. The Serbian played just two seasons with Charlotte before becoming a free agent and signing with the Sacramento Kings. Not much has to be said about “The Black Mamba” as his name pretty much speaks for itself. After being named to 18 All-Star games and winning five championships, Bryant retired at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. I’m sure Charlotte wouldn’t have minded winning a championship or two with Kobe.

26. Chicago Bulls: Keeping Derrick Rose In

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With less then two minutes to go in Game 1, the Chicago Bulls were headed towards a 1-0 lead in the First Round of the 2012 NBA playoffs against the Philadelphia ’76ers. The win wouldn’t come without a major setback though. The Bulls were up 99-87 when Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL in his left knee. Why was Rose still in the game at this point? The injury not only cost the Bulls a shot at a title, but it also has led to a whirlwind of headaches that would soon follow.

Rose didn’t play a single game the following season despite being cleared in March, coach Tom Thibodeau ended up being replaced by Fred Hoiberg and Jimmy Butler’s rise to stardom was hindered. Butler’s improved play should have been praised early on but it created tension between not only the front office, but the rest of the team as well. It was clear that the two just weren’t the right fit together in the back court for Chicago so the team traded Rose last summer.

25. Cleveland Cavaliers: Drafting Anthony Bennett

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It’s rare that you see a number one pick play only one season with the team that drafted him. Anthony Bennett is one of few that fits this model. In a very forgettable 2013 draft, the Cavaliers didn’t have much to choose from and they settled on Bennett with their pick. Bennett would be criticized not only for his play during his rookie season but for his weight as well. Bennett continued to underwhelm and was eventually traded, along with the 2014 no.1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team exchange. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love in return for Bennett and Wiggins so it wasn’t all bad for Cleveland. Still, Bennett turned out to be one of the biggest draft busts we’ve ever seen; he went from being the first pick in the draft to trade bait in just one short year

24. Dallas Mavericks: Erick Dampier’s Contract

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Seven years and $70 million. That was the contract Erick Dampier signed to become a member of the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t live up to that contract one bit. Isiah Thomas, who at the time was the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks, tried to sign the center but Mark Cuban offered Dampier a deal that he couldn’t resist. That is a huge contract for someone that averaged 8.6 points in their first eight seasons in the league. I’m not sure what Cuban saw in him but whatever it was the rest of us were oblivious to. He averaged six points and seven rebounds during his seven seasons with Dallas. That doesn’t sound like a player that deserves $70 million. Dampier just happened to be on the 2011 Mavericks team that won the championship that season, making him another player that doesn’t really deserve a ring.

23. Denver Nuggets: Trading Carmelo Anthony

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Small market teams like the Denver Nuggets rarely get big name players like Carmelo Anthony. After drafting Anthony in 2003, the rookie averaged an astounding 21 points and was seen as the leader of a Nuggets team that was looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 1995. The success was limited during Anthony’s eight seasons with the team, having made it out of the First Round of the playoffs only once in 2009. This resulted in the All-Star asking for a trade from the team in 2011. The Knicks decided to bring in Anthony and a blockbuster trade was set to take place.

Denver got Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash. That’s almost nothing when in comparison to someone like Anthony. Gallinari and Chandler are still with the team but they have failed to make it to the playoffs the past three seasons.

22. Detroit Pistons: Signing Josh Smith And Brandon Jennings

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We get double trouble on this entry. The 2013 offseason gave Detroit the chance to sign some compelling free agents during the summer. President of Basketball Operations and former Piston Joe Dumars went out and signed Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings that July and my god was it an awful decision. Both players aren’t very efficient but Smith was the bigger problem out of the two inclusions. With a roster that already sported Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, Smith was forced to play the three spot which led to a spacing nightmare on the court. Smith could have built a house with the bricks he was putting up as he shot 26 percent from deep in his two seasons with the team. While Dumars gets credit for building the championship team that won the title in 2004, moves like this aren’t going to help his case any time soon.

21. Golden State Warriors: Trading Robert Parish and Kevin McHale

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I could have titled this entry “Blowing a 3-1 Lead” but that joke’s been overdone at this point. Let me start off by asking a question. Who would win in a game of two-on-two: Kevin McHale and Robert Parish or Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown? Pretty obvious answer here. McHale is without a doubt the best player to come out of the 1980 NBA Draft. A day before the draft took place, the Boston Celtics traded the first and 13th pick in the draft for Robert Parish and the third overall pick. The third pick would turn into McHale. The Warriors had the chance to take McHale but went with Carroll instead. They essentially struck out twice with this deal. “The Chief” and McHale went on to win three championships with the Celtics while Carroll and Brown didn’t win anything. At least Golden State has today’s team to make up for blunders like this.

20. Houston Rockets: The Dwight Howard Experiment

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Signing Dwight Howard turned out to be a mistake. Ask anyone in Houston and they’ll tell you that the team is better off without him. Just look at how they’re playing now. The Dwight Howard trade saga was a pretty annoying time in sports. Once he ended up landing in Houston, the Rockets were seen as one of the top teams in the Western Conference; but just like every other team Howard has played on, there were glaring holes that needed to be addressed. Howard is a liability. His numbers at the free throw line will hurt anyone and they did just that to the Rockets. His point totals dropped every season that he was in Houston and conflict between him and James Harden soon developed.

He declined his player option for the 2016-17 season and signed with the Atlanta Hawks this past offseason. We’ll see what kind of noise Houston can make in the playoffs this year.

19. Indiana Pacers: Signing Ron Artest

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The man known as “Metta World Piece” and “Panda Friend” was on ESPN’s Highly Questionable last May and he spoke about his time in Indiana. On the show Artest stated “Out of anything in my life one of my biggest regrets is the Pacer situation.” He would go on to explain how his lack of commitment and the jealousy he had toward Jermaine O’Neal’s contract got in the way during his time in Indiana. He did have some decent seasons in Indiana but one incident ruined all of it: the Malice at the Palace. The brawl in 2004 is seen as one of the worst moments in NBA history. Artest was suspended for the remainder of the season for his part in scuffle. Once he returned the following year, the foward asked to be traded shortly after the season had started. This didn’t sit well with his teammates and former Pacers President Larry Bird. They honored his request and sent him to Sacramento for Peja Stojaković. This is a period of time that Indiana definitely wants to forget.

18. Los Angeles Clippers: Basically Trading Kyrie Irving

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If you’re going to trade a first-round draft pick you should at least try to make it a protected pick. The Clippers failed to do this back in 2011 and they paid the price by losing out on potentially grabbing one of the best point guards we have today. The Clippers were looking to shed Baron Davis after he failed to live up to his contract and started clashing with the front office. Cleveland would be the next destination for Davis as Los Angeles sent him and a unprotected first-round draft pick to the Cavaliers for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon in return.

The Clippers, despite having only a 2.8 percent chance, landed the the first overall pick but of course had to hand it over to Cleveland. They chose Kyrie Irving with the pick and the rest is history. The Clippers somewhat made up for this mistake by acquiring Chris Paul but they would probably like to make it out of the second round at some point.

17. Los Angeles Lakers: The Original Dwight Howard Experiment

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The Lakers were the first team to take a chance on Dwight Howard after his days in Orlando became numbered. Orlando dealt Howard to the Lakers in a four-team deal that also included the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets. A number of players were moved around but Howard was the biggest name of them all. The Lakers were on the verge of forming a super team which showcased a starting lineup of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Howard. The whole thing crashed and burned harder than any other super team ever composed. Kobe and Dwight proved to be a terrible duo and the team finished 7th in Western Conference.

They were swept by the Spurs in the First Round of the playoffs and Howard was out of L.A. after just one season. Just goes to show that having a star studded lineup isn’t always the key to winning a championship.

16. Memphis Grizzlies: Trading Pau Gasol

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When you look at the trade today it doesn’t look so bad but nine years ago it had huge championship ramifications all over it. The Grizzles traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, two future first-round draft picks and cash considerations. Los Angeles won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 in Gasol’s first two seasons with the team. While Marc Gasol has turned out to be one of the best centers in the NBA, Memphis has yet to make the finals like Pau and L.A. did so many years ago.  It also doesn’t help that all of the other players turned out to be flops especially Kwame Brown. The draft picks for the Grizzlies turned into Donte Greene and Grevious Vasquez; Greene ended up being traded to the Rockets and Vasquez played just one season in The Grindhouse. I wonder if Marc would have had the same success as Pau if he was never traded to Memphis.

15. Miami Heat: Letting Dwyane Wade Leave

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There aren’t many players that play their whole career with one team. Dwayne Wade was en route to finish his professional career with the Miami Heat but all of that changed during contract negotiations last summer. Wade became the face of the franchise after Miami drafted him in 2003. The first-ballot Hall of Famer is easily one of the best players to ever wear a Heat Jersey, which is why it was so surprising to see him leave the team. On July 6, 2016 Wade announced that he had signed a two-year deal worth $47.5 million with the Chicago Bulls. There were rumors that Wade would leave Miami but it was still shocking to see the whole thing transpire. Team president Pat Riley shared his reaction to the signing a few days after it all went down.

““What happened with Dwyane floored me,” Riley said. “I have great regret that I didn’t put myself in the middle of it… It’s not going to be the same without him.” Riley also noted that they should have offered Wade a max contract when they had the chance. Not every relationship in the NBA can have happy ending.

14. Milwaukee Bucks: Trading Ray Allen

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Trading Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could have been the pick for the Bucks but he won Milwaukee their only title to date in 1971 so it wasn’t a total loss for them. However, shipping Ray Allen off to Seattle midway through the 2002-03 season was. Allen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996 but was traded immediately to Milwaukee. After seven seasons with the Bucks he was sent to Seattle along with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie and a conditional first-round pick in exchange for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. Coach George Karl spoke to ESPN about Ray Allen after Milwaukee officially made the trade.

“Ray Allen was nothing but trouble,” Karl said. “We had no choice but to get rid of him.” That statement is really hard to believe but we’ll never know how things really went down in Wisconsin. Desmond Mason wasn’t anything special with Milwaukee and Payton signed with the Lakers the following season after becoming an unrestricted free agent. That’s not really enough to make up for the 27-year-old with a jump shot that god himself would love to have.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Trading Kevin Garnett

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Kevin Garnett had his best days come with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His numbers (22.4 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 4 APG) the season before he was dealt were easily the best on a team that failed to the make the playoffs. The deal that would end up sending Garnett to Boston involved seven players being dealt to Minnesota. The 7-for-1 player ratio trade constitutes the largest number of players ever traded for a single player. Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff and  Boston’s 2009 first-round draft pick (top 3 protected) were all packaged and shipped to Minnesota.

Garnett won a title the following season with Boston while the Timberwolves would continue see their production go down hill after The Big Ticket’s departure. It would have been nice to see KG win a championship in Minnesota but we all knew it wasn’t going to happen.

12. New Orleans Pelicans: Trading Chris Paul

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The Pelicans haven’t had a decent starting point guard since Chris Paul left the team in 2011. Jrue Holiday isn’t terrible but in a league stacked with backcourt talent it’s hard to stand out among the rest. Paul forced the team to trade him after making the playoffs only three times during his six seasons in New Orleans. In return the Hornets received Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick. Definitely not enough for one of the best point guards in the league.

Perhaps surrounding Paul with some better talent would have stopped this trade from happening. The Pelicans might have some great frontcourt talent with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins but they aren’t going anywhere until they get some better players around them. Sounds like a similar situation to the one Paul was in.

11. New York Knicks: Hiring Isiah Thomas To Do Everything

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The Knicks have made some terrible decisions in the past 15 years. Isiah Thomas was originally brought in to serve as the President of Basketball Operations. He made a number of moves that didn’t sit well with the Knicks fanbase. At the end of the 2004-05 season, New York had the highest payroll while finishing with the second-worst record in the league. To make matters worse, for some reason Thomas decided to go after Eddy Curry and sent away numerous lottery draft picks to obtain the disappointing center. After firing Larry Brown, owner James Dolan appointed Thomas as the new head coach of the team.

The Knicks continued to lose and after tying the franchise record (59) for most losses in a season, Thomas was relieved of his coaching duties. He finished with a dreadful win percentage of .341. Making him the head coach was just asking for a firestorm of boos and hatred from the passionate New York fans. Hard to believe that the Knicks were at one point worse than they are now.

10. Oklahoma City Thunder: Trading James Harden

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This one is pretty obvious. The Thunder had a potential dynasty in the making. Durant, Westbrook and Harden were all making names for themselves in OKC. After losing to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals, General manager Sam Presti was faced with a decision: Serge Ibaka or James Harden. Harden wanted a max contract so signing him was the more difficult task. Ibaka wound up signing a four-year contract worth $48 million while Harden was the odd man out.

OKC offered him a four-year $55 million extension but it wasn’t enough to keep “The Beard” around. Harden, Daequan Cook, Cole Aldrich and Lazar Hayward were traded to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks (Steven Adams and Archie Goodwin) and a second round pick (Alex Abrines). Martin was a cheap rental for OKC since he left after one season and Lamb didn’t provide much off the bench during his three years with the Thunder. Ibaka played four more seasons in OKC before they traded him to Orlando last summer. Imagine Harden and Westbrook together today. The triple-double numbers might not be as crazy but they would be one scary back-court duo in the Western Conference.

9. Orlando Magic: Hiring Otis Smith As a General Manager

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Otis Smith is partly to blame for the recent lack of success Orlando has seen. Let’s take a look at some of the contracts dished out during Smith’s time in office: Jason Richardson, four years at $25 million, Glen Davis for four-years at $26 million and Rashard Lewis, six years at $118 million. That is a ton of cash for a bunch of guys who were out of their prime. Davis was nothing more than a role player. Richardson and Lewis had their best years come before they were members of the Magic.

This is all on top of Lewis eventually being traded to Washington for Gilbert Arenas, who had one of the most insane contracts in NBA history. Arenas was originally signed by the Washington Wizards to contract worth $111 million over six years. Orlando ended up using the amnesty clause on Arenas after the Lewis trade went through, leaving them to pay off the former All-Star guard while he broke into Nick Young’s house and smuggled illegal fireworks. Thinking about all of this just give me a headache. Can’t imagine how Orlando fans felt during all of this.

8. Philadelphia 76ers: Trading Charles Barkley

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Charles Barkley wanted out of Philadelphia. That’s a fact. What Philadelphia would get in return was the real question. Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry would be on the other end of the trade that landed Barkley in Phoenix. Nothing when compared to the man who would win MVP honors the following season. Philadelphia continued to play terrible basketball the following year while “The Round Mound of Rebound” had a terrific 1992-93 season with his new team, averaging 25.6 points on .520 shooting to go along with 12.2 rebounds and a career high 5 APG as well. He became just the third player to win MVP honors the season after being traded. Philadelphia has had some very talented big men represent them. Too bad they haven’t been able to win anything since 1983.

7. Phoenix Suns: Forming a Trio of Point Guards For No Reason

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I’m not sure what the Phoenix Suns were trying to do in 2014 but whatever it was it didn’t work. With three above-average point guards, the Phoenix Suns had almost to much talent at the guard position. Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic found themselves in a bizarre situation that forced the Suns to make a decision. On February 19th, 2015 Phoenix took part in a three-team trade that sent Dragic to the Heat and Thomas to the Celtics.

The worst part about this trade was what Phoenix got in return for Thomas; Marcus Thornton and the Cavaliers 2016 first-round pick. Garbage. Thomas is now second in the league in scoring as the Celtics currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference all while Phoenix is en route to missing the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

6. Portland Trail Blazers: Drafting Sam Bowie

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If Sam Bowie would have turned out to be a halfway decent player he probably wouldn’t be on this list. Too bad he didn’t. Instead Bowie is another player to be added to the list of draft busts that have come through the NBA. After Houston took Hakeem Olajuwon with the first pick in the 1984 draft, Portland was faced with the decision of taking Sam Bowie or Michael Jordan. Bowie, a center out of Kentucky, ended up being chosen by Portland with the second overall pick. We all know what Jordan would go on to accomplish, the more compelling story is the one involving Bowie. Fractures in both his tibias basically ruined his career and resulted in his retirement in 1995. Just imagine Michael Jordan in a Trail Blazers jersey. It just doesn’t feel right.

5. Sacramento Kings: Drafting Jimmer Fredette

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Jimmer Fredette had a ton of hype coming out of college. Him, Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving were the stars of the draft. Two of those players are still in the league. One isn’t. Jimmer was taken with the tenth pick in the draft by Milwaukee but was traded to Sacramento shortly after. Fans quickly became obsessed with “Jimmermania” but the commotion quickly died out. Averaging seven points in three seasons, Sacramento eventually bought out his contract.

Fredette bounced around multiple teams but was unable to produce any performances worth a roster spot. After a brief stint in the D-League with the Westchester Knicks, Fredette soon found himself flying over to China. He is now a member of the Shanghai Shark and apparently scored 73 points a couple weeks ago. Maybe he can become the new Stephon Marbury over there.

4. San Antonio Spurs: Trading Dennis Rodman

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When you have a player like Dennis Rodman on your team, it’s best to take some precautions when adding a wild card like “The Worm” to your roster. The Spurs rarely make bad trades but the one involving Rodman was definitely the worst. The Bulls were looking to fill the void left by Horace Grant who signed with the Orlando Magic in the off-season. They targeted Rodman and traded Will Perdue for the rebounding machine before the start of the 1995 season. Perdue was pretty useless for San Antonio, averaging only 5 points per game in his four seasons with the team. Rodman became a key piece to Chicago’s second three-peat and was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. The Spurs haven’t made many mistakes like this but keeping Rodman definitely would have been nice.

3. Toronto Raptors: Trading Vince Carter

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After seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors Vince Carter was basically out the door. The team had just three winning seasons while Carter was there and it got to the point where “Vinsanity” asked for a trade. New Jersey would be the new home for him and the Raptors ended up being low balled immensely for the All-Star guard. Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and a couple of first-round picks was all it took to lure Carter over to the Nets. Keep in mind that Mourning was in the twilight of his career at this point. Carter is perhaps the greatest Raptor of all time and the move still haunts Toronto fans to this day. We’ll just have to wait and see what Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can accomplish with their squad.

2. Utah Jazz: Drafting Luther Wright

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Luther Wright played in only 15 games in the NBA. The Jazz selected him with the 18th pick in the 1993 draft, knowing that he had dealt with mental illnesses in the past. Wright left the team after one season to get further treatment for his bipolar disorder. His story of mental illnesses, drug use and peer pressure is one that many people can learn from. Sam Cassell and Nick Van Exel were still available when Wright was selected and either one of those players could maybe have given the Jazz the final boost needed to get past the Bulls in 1997 and 1998. Emphasis on “maybe”.

The best part about this story is that the Jazz paid out Wright’s $5 million contract in full and placed it into an annuity that would pay him $158,000 for the next 25 years. Wright is now on the road to recovery after overcoming his demons.

1. Washington Wizards: Drafting Kwame Brown

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Kwame Brown might be the biggest draft bust of all time. Taken with the first pick in the 2001 draft, Brown was praised by Michael Jordan, who was serving as the team’s president at the time. Brown told then-Wizards coach “If you draft me, you’ll never regret it.” Couldn’t be farther from the truth. He averaged four points and three rebounds during his rookie season and only averaged more than 10 points once in his whole career.

The center rejected a five-year $30 million contract offer from Washington and went on to test the market as a free agent at the end of the 2004-05 season. Six more teams would give Brown a chance but his tenure in the NBA came to end after the 76ers waived him in 2013. Rumors have it that he is now attempting a comeback to the league. This news must have scared the crap out of Michael Jordan.

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