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Vidball
10-18-2008, 11:50 AM
Who is the best player to ever be waived/cut from a roster because the team didn't believe in the player? I'm not talking about people like Allan Houston--he's 60 years old and washed up (although he was once a baller). Name some players that were very good at the time they got waived (or at least had a lot of potential) but the team just didn't quite realize it. I know this Q is tough and isn't for everyone but hopefully this will get some responses.

For example, I know Bruce Bowen was waived by CHI--the season after the Bulls cut him Bowen started 72 games for the Spurs and was named a member of the all-defensive 2nd team.

The best player the Lakers ever waived was probably Mario Elie.

heyman321
10-18-2008, 12:21 PM
Michael Finley from the Mavs.

Hellcrooner
10-18-2008, 12:23 PM
uh Dennis Rodman from....almost everywhere?

fhatmanz
10-18-2008, 12:36 PM
Gerald Wallace was a player the kings made eligible for the expansion draft in which the bobcats took him... He was basically considered a scrub... Now he is a potential all-star

Hellcrooner
10-18-2008, 12:39 PM
^I dont think they considered him an scrub but they only could protec 7 players, and they had, webber, Peja, Bibby, Christie, Divac, Jackson.,B Miller.... He was a project then and they where aiming at the title , not rebuilding.

BlondeBomber41
10-18-2008, 12:48 PM
Yeah Gerald Wallace was never considered a scrub.

AirJordanXVIII
10-18-2008, 12:57 PM
G-Wall was filled with potential and had tons of atheleticism, he just got cut off the Kings because of the expansion thing.

JordansBulls
10-18-2008, 01:16 PM
Isiah Rider

Faneik
10-18-2008, 01:32 PM
Celtics drafted Billups with the 3rd pick in 1997 and then traded him away in his 1st season. If I remember for Kenny Anderson to the Raptors.

I know he wasn't waived or cut, but imo the Celtics weren't patient enough with him.

b_rad23
10-18-2008, 01:39 PM
I know this also wasn't a cut but how about the Lakers giving up on Caron Butler for Kwame Brown. They bailed the Wizards out of a big mistake.

WillisLovechild
10-18-2008, 01:54 PM
I know this also wasn't a cut but how about the Lakers giving up on Caron Butler for Kwame Brown. They bailed the Wizards out of a big mistake.

When I heard that trade I was hoping that maybe Kwame could reach his potential on the Lakers and become an all-star and live up to his number one billing. But then I realized it was Kwame Brown and that he would crush all of my hopes and dreams. Caron is a punk though, so I'm not too pissed. But it's basically like we traded Shaq for Kwame and Lamar. But then Kwame turned into Pau Gasol, so I can't complain too much.

futureheisman
10-18-2008, 01:56 PM
Gerald wallace

Hawkeye15
10-18-2008, 02:14 PM
Michael Finley. I never understood why the Mavs did that. He would have helped in the 2006 finals for sure

DocUSN
10-18-2008, 02:27 PM
Michael Finley. I never understood why the Mavs did that. He would have helped in the 2006 finals for sure

Money thing, It was an amnesty cut under speacial rules, they still had ro pay him, but the contract didnt count aginst thier cap.

Nexus
10-18-2008, 02:31 PM
Michael Jordon from his high school team

snickers
10-18-2008, 02:33 PM
what about hornets trading away kobe for divac

sugarrayray
10-18-2008, 02:38 PM
i dont even care much for this thread, but how do people do this? The thread isnt what are the worst trades, its what are the worst cuts, so stop mentioning ****ing trades

DerekRE_3
10-18-2008, 02:55 PM
The 76ers waived Chris Webber.

Yogi
10-18-2008, 03:03 PM
Bobby Simmons

Beno7500
10-18-2008, 03:39 PM
g force

DerekRE_3
10-18-2008, 04:30 PM
g force

He wasn't waived. He was picked in the expansion draft by the Bobcats when the Kings didn't protect him.

PhxGiant
10-18-2008, 04:46 PM
Beno Udrih comes to mind.

JOSETHEALLSTAR
10-18-2008, 05:18 PM
Gerald Wallace is beast

DerekRE_3
10-18-2008, 05:35 PM
Beno Udrih comes to mind.

That's a pretty good one. At least from last year's waived players.

DerekRE_3
10-18-2008, 05:36 PM
Gerald Wallace is beast

I've been saying this for years. Ever since 2001 when he was drafted.

Epic89
10-18-2008, 05:42 PM
The 76ers waived Chris Webber.

He had a lot left in the tank when it happened too; pretty much saved the Pistons season, and would've won a championship with them had Lebron not ascended mortality in Game 5 of the ECF.

TheShock45
10-18-2008, 05:53 PM
for people saying michael finley at that time you were allowed to cut people and it didnt go against like the luxury tax or something like that
it was too save money in which the mavs did

anyway the only person i can think of is jermaine o neal didnt he blow on portland and then he went to indiana and became a top 10 player for a few years

o and to add on as a sixers fan webber did nothing for philly and nothing left in his tank when he was hear
going to detroit he was in a better mood and only player a third of the time sooo anybody going home and play harder in less minutes of course would look better

Raps08-09 Champ
10-18-2008, 07:31 PM
When Portland waived Steve Francis, He could have been able to average 20 ppg and 5 apg

SaimoNETS
10-18-2008, 07:56 PM
best one

LAKERS 24/7
10-18-2008, 08:32 PM
i dont even care much for this thread, but how do people do this? The thread isnt what are the worst trades, its what are the worst cuts, so stop mentioning ****ing trades

Dude, chill.

If your happy and you know it clap your hands :clap:

LA_Bron
10-18-2008, 08:45 PM
I know this also wasn't a cut but how about the Lakers giving up on Caron Butler for Kwame Brown. They bailed the Wizards out of a big mistake.

I remember the day I saw this trade. I was completely heart broken because Butler was my favorite small forward at the time. And we had to see Kwame never catch the damn basketball... was not pleasant.

However, we got Gasol out of this deal, so no regrets.

Best player to be waived? Brian Shaw!! haha

Big Quett
10-18-2008, 08:53 PM
When Portland waived Steve Francis, He could have been able to average 20 ppg and 5 apg

Yeah u mean just like he did for the knicks and rockets the last 3 years:eyebrow:

SAVAGE CLAW
10-18-2008, 09:22 PM
Bernard King?

Raps08-09 Champ
10-18-2008, 10:12 PM
Yeah u mean just like he did for the knicks and rockets the last 3 years:eyebrow:

He could still average 15-20ppg. he has too good of a talent. He just has problems but if he was put in the right situation, he could go that far

bogdanrom
10-18-2008, 10:47 PM
When I heard that trade I was hoping that maybe Kwame could reach his potential on the Lakers and become an all-star and live up to his number one billing. But then I realized it was Kwame Brown and that he would crush all of my hopes and dreams. Caron is a punk though, so I'm not too pissed. But it's basically like we traded Shaq for Kwame and Lamar. But then Kwame turned into Pau Gasol, so I can't complain too much.

How?

Big Quett
10-18-2008, 11:03 PM
He could still average 15-20ppg. he has too good of a talent. He just has problems but if he was put in the right situation, he could go that far

And how do you figure that when he couldnt beat out luthur head out for backup mins. It wasnt a mistake for Portland to cut him. They didnt need him coming in disrupting there young chemistry that is y they shipped Zach out. And what happened after that? They only got better. And he still hasnt proved he can still play. The Rockets and Magic got better after he left what does that tell you. It takes more than talent it takes the right attitude to be a winner. And he is just not a winner. He is done IMO

njnets
10-18-2008, 11:04 PM
he was arrested something like 11 times as a minor or something crazy like that. i think he's clean now, no gangs or violence. then again i am assuming and you what happens when you assume lol.

Hawkeye15
10-18-2008, 11:16 PM
Money thing, It was an amnesty cut under speacial rules, they still had ro pay him, but the contract didnt count aginst thier cap.
I understand the money part of it, I just don't see letting a 33 year old guard go who produced forever for your team. I think he would have been the difference in the 2006 finals possibly

WillisLovechild
10-19-2008, 12:07 AM
How?

He's cocky. Besides that, he has a pretty extensive arrest record from what I've heard.

cmellofan15
10-19-2008, 12:23 AM
He's cocky. Besides that, he has a pretty extensive arrest record from what I've heard.

I think it's like 15 times. 11 in 6 years or something like that...

McPeak92
10-19-2008, 01:06 AM
The 76ers waived Chris Webber.

dude just didnt want to play for us, he didnt even give an effort all he did was take ill advised jumpers all game and take minutes away from the younger players while getting 20 mil a year, we were a rebuilding team and simply had no use for him.

Raps08-09 Champ
10-19-2008, 10:05 AM
And how do you figure that when he couldnt beat out luthur head out for backup mins. It wasnt a mistake for Portland to cut him. They didnt need him coming in disrupting there young chemistry that is y they shipped Zach out. And what happened after that? They only got better. And he still hasnt proved he can still play. The Rockets and Magic got better after he left what does that tell you. It takes more than talent it takes the right attitude to be a winner. And he is just not a winner. He is done IMO

He was injured last season

I know that the blazers didnt need him but i would have atleast traded him for a draft pick and expriing contract that they could still use

The year before he was in portland, he averaged around 13-17 ppg, some teams could have used him

I think he could still play at a good level because he has too much talent, you cant run out of talent. its just like saying kobe getting injured and gone for a whole year. He could still play because he has too good of a talent

Trouble87
10-19-2008, 10:29 AM
The year before Portland Stevie averaged 11.3 points... He was on the Knicks for 2 seasons and did nothing. I loved The Franchise from like his 3rd season in Houston to his second season in Orlando. He became injury prone and seemed to have a poor attitude when he wasnt treated like a star. I think he could be a good bench guy but his knee's & back are too far gone for him to be real threat.

Not a Houston fan but if he gets his stuff together he could give them a strong championship push.

Raps08-09 Champ
10-19-2008, 10:42 AM
The year before Portland Stevie averaged 11.3 points... He was on the Knicks for 2 seasons and did nothing. I loved The Franchise from like his 3rd season in Houston to his second season in Orlando. He became injury prone and seemed to have a poor attitude when he wasnt treated like a star. I think he could be a good bench guy but his knee's & back are too far gone for him to be real threat.

Not a Houston fan but if he gets his stuff together he could give them a strong championship push.

O my bad, didnt know bout ppg

but what you mean about him getting his stuff together is what i mean, He could be a great role player for houston, he could get around 10-13 ppg

Trouble87
10-19-2008, 10:49 AM
hopefully... I always liked Stevie

and Darius Miles was pretty good.... too good for Portland to waive him. I know he was eating up room on the cap and was always injured but he still has potential. At least as a bench guy.

UofA
10-19-2008, 03:27 PM
I like Steve but there is no denying that teams have gotten better once they got rid of him

MiamiHeat
10-19-2008, 03:57 PM
Michael Jordon from his high school team

this one :D :p

HiphopRelated
10-19-2008, 04:53 PM
He's cocky. Besides that, he has a pretty extensive arrest record from what I've heard.
and this affected him on the court how exactly??

SAVAGE CLAW
10-19-2008, 09:30 PM
Was Michael Jordan Cut from the White Sox?