While a huge number of trades take place each and every year in the world of sports, a large number of blockbusters also never quite happen. And, with these trades, comes an eternal flow of questions like “what would have happened?” or “how would have his career been different?”
Especially in today’s day and age, it is rare we see superstars included in trades or trades that feature multiple superstars being traded for each other. That is not because these players aren’t included in talks; it is because normally the amount of effort and compromise it takes to get these deals done is often too much for one or both teams to handle.
So just what type of players and deals are we talking about here? Well, we have compiled 15 of the biggest superstar deals that didn’t happen and they feature some big names. Numerous Hall of Famers, All Stars and MVPs came extremely close to being traded or signed to a team that nobody would associate them with.
So check out this list and let your imagination run wild about much these trades would’ve shaken up the sports world!
15 Eric Lindros to the Rangers
14 Hakeem Olajuwon to the Heat
13 Justin Verlander for Dontrelle Willis
12 Charles Barkley to the Lakers
11 Joe Sakic to the Rangers
10 Jim Harbaugh to the Browns
9 Scottie Pippen for Shawn Kemp
At the time that this trade almost happened, Scottie Pippen and Shawn Kemp were among the best forwards in the NBA. The trade was to take place on draft night 1994 and would feature the Sonics getting Pippen and the Bulls getting Kemp and two-time sixth man of the year winner Ricky Pierce, as well as a swap of first round picks. Bulls fans have to be happy it never went through, as Pippen helped the Bulls win three more championships during his time in Chicago.
8 Barry Bonds to Atlanta
7 Kobe Bryant to the Bulls
6 Pavel Datsyuk for Scott Gomez
5 Steve Yzerman for Alexei Yashin
4 Chris Paul to the Lakers
3 Alex Rodriguez for Manny Ramirez
2 Aaron Rodgers for Randy Moss
1 DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks
Coming in at number one on the list is the recent craziness surrounding DeAndre Jordan and his “signing” with the Mavericks. It was reported by nearly every reputable media outlet that Jordan had signed with the Mavericks and that was that, right? Wrong. The Los Angeles Clippers made a last ditch move to retain their star center and the move paid off as he decided to return to Lob City. The social media exchanges and pandemonium surrounding the decision for that 24 hour period make this an easy choice for number one.
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