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

You wouldn't boo this, would you L.A.?(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

Sheed happens!(Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

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

Miss me, Minnesota?(Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

Caron, you once got traded for Shaq. I got traded for Dale Davis and Speedy Clax. (AP Photo by Bill Haber)

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.

Portland, you guys are lucky you got Brandon Roy or you'd be regretting this. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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What about getting Ike Austin for Ben Wallace?

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 2:50 PM

you spelled millennium wrong...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 2:57 PM

Kwame is the poster boy for going to college. Unfortunately the NBA changed their rules after he was drafted. Had he gone to a few years of college (I think he was going to Florida) instead of declaring for the draft, he MIGHT have become a player. But on the other hand, having closely observed him for years, he doesn;t seem to have any basketball instincts. When Ruffin was here I used to comment that if Michael Ruffin, with his desire, heart and basketball instincts ( all severley missing from Kwame), had Kwame's body and physical raw skills, what an inside force he would have been.
Ernie's trade for Caron was made even better by his foresight in signing Caron to a long term deal before he played a game for the Wizards.

Posted by: arnie | January 18, 2008 3:16 PM

"Poor Kwame."

Yeah right, Kwame does the same crap in LA he did here...exact same.


- Ray

Posted by: Ray | January 18, 2008 3:21 PM

The all time flop was Unseld drafting Kenny Green over Karl Malone. To this day, Unseld doesn't think highly of Malone.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 3:23 PM

"Kwame's sensitive." - Kobe Bryant

Posted by: Copy n' paste | January 18, 2008 3:25 PM

That was a great one, I didn't even see it coming... then I was like!

Wait! WHY WOULD I PAY YOU to pick up YOUR dry cleaning?!?

It's a little word trick you played on me!

oh, maaaan... too too much, DC man UR HILARIOUS!

What are you getting dry cleaned anyway?

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 3:27 PM

Linus Kleiza just dropped 41, so, as Frankfurter would say, "It's not all bad..."

Posted by: kwamesnani | January 18, 2008 3:27 PM

I have this funny picture in my head of Andre Blatch eating some fruit salad! And then blogging about it! oooooooeeee!

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 3:29 PM

Here's another funny thing. As sorry as Gilby is as a baby's daddy, at least he's not as bad as AI. When AI got fed up with his wife, he threw her out of his compound by the front gate totally b#tt nekkid.


Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 3:45 PM

I drew a picture, and andre has a thought bubble:

"I hope nobody blogs about this!"

Yeah i know! Gilby: 8, H, 8, 8...(laura)!

Too bad there is a writer's strike, somebody should be paying you!

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 3:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 3:57 PM


Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 3:59 PM

Big deal. Is this newsworthy enough to create a blog over?

They boo'd Kobe in the past also, which is even more ridiculous.

Somewhere, sometime, somehow, Doug Collins and MJ will pay for how they destroyed this dude.

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 11:44 AM

And somewhere, sometime, somehow, DCWoman88 will pay for obsessively wanting to $uck on Gil's schlong but getting denied.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 4:00 PM

I think the Ike Austin/Ben Wallace deal doesn't count because it was last millennium, wasn't it? Now if you want to talk about the most lopsided deals Pre-2000, you can pretty much start and end with everything Wes Unseld ever did as a GM - Webber for 3 draft picks, Webber for Richmond, signing Juwon to that contract, Mark Price, and on and on.

Posted by: Jordan | January 18, 2008 4:01 PM

Ooooohhh DC man you gotta admit that's HILARIOUS! oooooooeeee!

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 4:05 PM

Bob Ferry drafted Kenny Green, not Wes Unseld.
If Kwame went to college, chances are he would have been a bust there and ended up a second round pick at best. Seems like he's the poster child for NOT going to college since he's collected quite a lot of money for his play.
Wizards fans were actually supportive of Kwame for the first 2 years. He was warmly applauded for any decent play. They finally grew impatient.

Posted by: Bowie, MD | January 18, 2008 4:09 PM

another correction: i think it was john nash, not unseld, who traded gugliotta and three #1s for webber.

bowie md., strictly in financial terms, you make a very good point.

it is interesting to think of where kwame would have been drafted if they were given a year to scout him in the college ranks, but he probably still would have gone high. after all, kupchak had four years to scout him in the nba and he still traded butler for him!

Posted by: DarrellWalkerFan | January 18, 2008 4:39 PM

The Butler for Kwame trade should have been even better for the Wizards, but Grunfeld botched it.
Chucky Atkins was in the last year of a $5 million contract, the perfect contract to trade. The Wizards needed help up front. I don't recall who was available, but I recall there were a number of big players with 2 to 4 year contracts for that money who would have been a big help. Trade Atkins, land a big man in exchange, and keep Steve Blake as a back up PG for $1 million a year -- that would have been a winning combination. But Grunfeld kept Atkins, and had to cut him halfway through the season. A lost opportunity.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 4:59 PM

Remember Anon, the salaries had to match. So, in order to make the trade work, Chucky Atkins had to be included.

Plus, he was just another shooting guard in LA.

And, Expiring contracts are always an asset in a trade - not a debit.

Posted by: Rook | January 18, 2008 5:18 PM


Posted by: g | January 18, 2008 5:20 PM

They tried to trade Atkins. No one wanted him because, at the time, he was (A) playing like crap (B) sporting a huge attitude (C) carrying a $5 mill contract that no one was willing to trade anything of value for, knowing that he'd probably bolt at the end of the season when he became a FA.

Posted by: kalorama | January 18, 2008 5:36 PM

"In a Sports Illustrated poll of 242 NBA players, Kwame Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers received the most votes for the question, "Which player gets the least out of the most talent?"

Brown received 17% of the votes, followed by Los Angeles Clippers forward Tim Thomas (10%), New York Knicks center Eddy Curry (7%), New Jersey Nets guard-forward Vince Carter (6%) and Memphis Grizzles center Darko Milicic (5%)."

Kwame's peers seem to think he's talented just not applying it. Some of the blame for his failure to develop can be attributed to the people that drafted him and failed to mentor and develop him. There is a heightened degree of responsibility management takes on with a high school player, as others have noted.

Posted by: Myshkin | January 18, 2008 5:45 PM

Ivan, do you understand expiring deals? Baron Davis was traded for expirings because he was fat, constantly injured, and on a team going nowhere. The Hornets saved a ton of cash on that deal.

The Boston trade looks bad, but remember that Boston got Ratliff's expiring deal in that trade. Without Ratliff's expiring contract, there is no KG trade. Minny was not going to except anything less than expirings in a KG trade.

Posted by: M, | January 18, 2008 6:00 PM

...did anyone ever check Kwame's chromozones?

Posted by: oddjob | January 18, 2008 6:04 PM

The Baron Davis who got traded from the Hornets wasn't even close to the one who's playing for G.S. His career looked to be about done when he left the Hornets.

Posted by: kalorama | January 18, 2008 6:09 PM

Rip for Stack.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 6:28 PM

I have kwame's chromosomes right here, but you know i forgot to check them.

Hi chromies "hi!"

Yeah they are cool.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 18, 2008 6:33 PM

TJ Ford for Charlie Villanueva. Gotta be in there somewhere.

Posted by: Washington Ball | January 18, 2008 7:03 PM

"Ooooohhh DC man you gotta admit that's HILARIOUS! oooooooeeee!

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 04:05 PM "

Only you would know, since you're god given name is "smoke."

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 7:40 PM

YOU'RE? Come on, you're disappointing me with YOUR skills DC man.

Posted by: i smoke | January 18, 2008 7:46 PM

Puhleaze. What are your skills?

Posted by: DC Man88 | January 18, 2008 7:55 PM

Well, #2 and #4, the teams were forced into the trade by the players (R. Wallace and B. Davis). #3 and #5 were draft day trade, which involved draft picks, nobody knows what they are going to turn out.

#1 is the only one that involved young players who have spent 3, 4 yrs in the league - it has to be the best steal among the 5!

Posted by: Sagaliba | January 19, 2008 11:04 AM

I'd put Jason Kidd for Stephon Marbury above all five listed.

Posted by: AgentHero | January 20, 2008 5:09 PM

Bowie, MD, you're right, drafting Kenny Green over Karl Malone was Bob Ferry's decision. And he later blamed it on then-coach Gene Shue, who reportedly didn't want Malone because he already had Dan Roundfield at the 4. Now Roundfield was a tremendous player at one time, but as was too often true of the Bullets' acquisitions during this period, he was in serious decline by that time (see Williams, Gus and Malone, Moses). Shue wanted someone to play the 3. Never mind that Green had played his entire career at Wake Forest playing with his back to the basket (and that he turned out to be a coke head, as well). How many more wins and playoff appearances would the Bullets have gotten over the years with the Mailman?

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 22, 2008 5:26 PM

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