So basically which was the biggest mistake by a franchise in the 90s in terms of trading?
A mistake that either made the team irrelevant or cost them the championship perhaps?
Hornets trading Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac?
Sixers trading Charles Barkley to the Suns?
Knicks trading Mark Jacskon to the Clippers?
Hawks trading Dominique Wilkins for Danny Manning?
Sonics trading Shawn Kemp to Cleveland?
Mavericks trading Jamal Mashburn to the Heat?
Washington trading Chris Webber to Sacramento?
Other? Please specify
The two that I feel that deserve most mention is Mark Jackson to Clippers and Shawn Kemp to Cavs. I feel that the Knicks could have won a championship with Mark Jackson running the paint, while the Sonics were pretty much destroyed after trading Kemp for Baker (essentially that was the trade).
The Hawks traded their best player and franchise icon during midseason when they had one of if not THE best team in the East. Manning was not mentally tough enough to handle the #1 option role, routinely disappeared, and left after half a season. Inflicted permanent damage on the fan base, many fans never returned after that and those who stayed will never trust the front office/ownership no matter what changes are made.
The Nique for Manning trade was one of the worst ever. How do you trade your superstar when you are the top seed midway thru.
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
- Michael Jordan
Thanks MJ-Bulls for the picture.
Sonics were the best team in the league IMO, but after they got bounced early, I felt like the door was WIDE OPEN for anybody to win the title since MJ wasn't around anymore. We blew our best chance, and Hakeem got it done.
Vlade for Kobe...I know it's hard to predict how a rookie would pan out but in hindsight I'm sure the hornets brass would take that one back.