The Most Lopsided Deals This Millennium
After writing that last entry on Kwame Brown, it got me thinking about the most lopsided trades this millennium. There have been a bunch, but I thought I'd just look at the five trades that didn't involve former MVPs like Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal and see what you guys think. What order would you rank these deals?
1. Caron Butler to the Wizards
The Wizards acquired Butler and guard Chucky Atkins from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forward Kwame Brown and guard Laron Profit. We know how this turned out. Butler has become bona fide all-star and a player who has arguably made the biggest improvement of any player other than Dwight Howard this season. Brown hasn't panned out and now is getting panned by his home fans.
2. Rasheed Wallace to the Pistons
The Detroit Pistons won the NBA championship four months after they snared Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks and guard Mike James from the Boston Celtics as part of a three-way deal that sent Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter to Boston and guard Bobby Sura, center Zeljko Rebraca and Celtics forward Chris Mills to Atlanta. Boston got a first-round pick in the 2004 draft - which turned out to be Tony Allen - and cash. Atlanta got a draft pick that turned out to be Josh Smith. If Smith wasn't so good and didn't have the potential to be a star, this would be No. 1.
3. Brandon Roy to the Trail Blazers
This one is complicated, because it took a lot for this to happen. First Portland had to trade Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second round pick to the Boston Celtics for Randy Foye, the 7th pick in draft, Dan Dickau, and Raef LaFrentz. Then they dealt Randy Foye to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Roy. The Celtics are doing just fine today, now that they have Garnett, but what about Minnesota. If they kept Roy, they might still have Garnett.
4. Baron Davis to the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors stole Davis from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis. No, that is not a misprint. Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis. Of course, the Hornets were so awful that they were able to draft Chris Paul the following summer. Man, Boom Dizzle couldn't yield more than that? Granted, Baron practically quit on the Hornets and he had Bryon Scott blowing steam from his nostrils, but all he's done is take the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years and led Golden State to the greatest upset in playoff history.
5. Deron Williams to the Utah Jazz.
At least the Blazers were able to make up for this blunder with the Roy trade, but during the 2005, they sent No. 3 pick - which turned out to be Williams - to the Jazz in exchange for the No. 6 pick (Martell Webster), the No. 27 pick (Linus Kleiza) and a first round pick last year (Joel Freeland). Portland is nice now, but can you imagine if Williams was in the fold - or even Chris Paul, who could've been taken in that slot, too.
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