The Craziest Trade Rumors in NBA History

The NBA has had some crazy trades, especially in recent years. But what about all the trades that never came to be? Well, that’s why I am here. These are the top 5 craziest trade rumors in NBA history.

 

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  1. Luol Deng, Ben Gordon, Tyrus Thomas, and Joakim Noah to the Los Angeles Lakers; Kobe Bryant to the Chicago Bulls: In an interview with Stephen A. Smith in a 2007, Kobe told Smith, “I would like to be traded.” Smith said, “Is there anything the Los Angeles Lakers can do to get you to remain with the organization?” Kobe replied with a simple “No.” Kobe told the Lakers front office he wanted to play in Chicago, but when the Lakers got what they thought was the perfect deal, Kobe decided not to waive his no trade clause. He said that it was because he wanted to play with Luol Deng in Chicago and in the deal, Deng would switch places with Kobe.
  2. Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins, Marco Belinelli, and Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns; Amar’e Stoudemire to the Golden State Warriors:  On draft day 2009, the Phoenix Suns offered Amar’e Stoudemire for the draft rights to select Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors. This seemed like a no-brainer for the Warriors as Stoudemire was one of the league’s premier big men and Curry hadn’t played a single NBA game yet. But the Warriors saw something special in Curry. And thank god they were correct, because this could have easily been one of the worst choices in Golden State franchise history.  An interesting part of this potential trade was that Steve Kerr was the General Manager of the Phoenix Suns and he was orchestrating this trade. This is funny because in 2015, Kerr was hired as a head coach by a Warriors team led by Stephen Curry and brought the franchise their first championship in 40 years.
  3. Clyde Drexler and No.2 pick in 1984 draft to the Houston Rockets; Ralph Sampson to the Portland Trailblazers: The greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan, could have been playing on the Houston Rockets with Clyde
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    Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, two Hall of Fame players. In 1984, Ralph Sampson was coming off an amazing Rookie of the Year campaign with the Houston Rockets. In two years, in 1986, Sampson and Olajuwon led the Rockets to the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The next season, Sampson hurt his back and most of the Rockets’ core, excluding Olajuwon, had drug issues. This team never fulfilled their potential. If in 1984, the Houston Rockets front office had the hindsight to accept a trade sending Sampson to the Portland Trail Blazers for Clyde Drexler and the 2nd pick in the 1984 draft, they could have had the best trio in NBA history. Jordan by himself won 6 titles in Chicago, Olajuwon won two in Houston, and Drexler, though he never won a championship, had two trips to the NBA Finals in the early 90s. I believe if this trio came to be, they would easily win 8 championships. With talents such as these, anything was possible in H-Town, if only this happened.

  4. Shawn Kemp, Ricky Pierce, and several draft picks to the Chicago Bulls; Scottie Pippen to the Seattle Supersonics: It was just one year after Michael Jordan retired, and 6 months before he would come back to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls offered Jordan’s right-hand man, Scottie Pippen to the Seattle Supersonics for Shawn Kemp. This deal was thought out by the Bulls front office but the Sonics didn’t want to give up too much for Pippen. One year after Michael Jordan’s return to the Chicago Bulls, Seattle met Chicago in the 1996 NBA Finals. It would be interesting to see Jordan play with Shawn Kemp and see Seattle’s star point guard, Gary Payton, teamed up with Scottie Pippen.
  5. 5 players and/or draft picks of Chicago’s choice to the Chicago Bulls; Michael Jordan to the Los Angeles Clippers: The Chicago Bulls were on the cusp of making this deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. If this trade went through,  Michael Jordan would not have won as many championships at all as the Clippers were horrible at selecting the right player in the draft. Thank god the Bulls came to their senses and kept Jordan. He was one year away from his first MVP and it would be four more seasons till he began his first three-peat. If this deal went through, NBA history would be completely rewritten.

 

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