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JordansBulls
05-28-2011, 06:05 PM
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-09-06/sports/9209060421_1_olajuwon-hakeem-mark-randall




If the Houston Rockets get serious about trading Hakeem Olajuwon, he could end up playing for the Miami Heat, and that instantly would touch off one of the best individual rivalries the NBA has seen in years.

The Heat and Magic already are rivals, but the competition would be taken to another level with O'Neal and Olajuwon facing one another five times during the regular season and probably also during the playoffs.

Of course, the Heat, who have some interest in Olajuwon, have to obtain him first. But that possibility isn't far-fetched. Olajuwon has made it clear he wants out of Houston, and the Rockets have to be sick of his whining.

Every year, it seems, Olajuwon is unhappy about something. He currently is moaning about his contract, which pays around $3 million per year. Even with Olajuwon's enormous talents, the Rockets aren't a championship team, and they may choose to change the mix of their club by getting rid of him.

If the Rockets do attempt a trade, they'll almost certainly try to move Olajuwon as far away as possible. It's virtually a lock that he would be sent to a team in the Eastern Conference, and the Heat probably are waiting by the phone.

Of the teams in the East, Miami and Boston may be in the best position to absorb Olajuwon's contract. The Heat, with a roster full of good, young players, probably could put together the best offer through a combination of players and draft picks.

A Heat-Rockets trade for Olajuwon has been rumored for months. But the speculation takes on more meaning now that Olajuwon, probably the third-best center in the league, has again reiterated his desire to be traded. One team hoping Olajuwon isn't traded to Miami is Orlando.

With the addition of O'Neal, the Magic are in position to hog the NBA spotlight in Florida this season. But if Olajuwon moves to Miami, the Heat would again have the edge in attention - and in talent.




http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1992-06-13/sports/1992165071_1_portland-center-nba-shooting-guard



There is no better marketplace for weighing NBA trade rumors than in the hotel headquarters for the media and non-participating coaches during the championship series.

And swap stories are in abundance this year, with a number of high-profile players involved. All-NBA center Hakeem Olajuwon, who has had recurring contract problems with the Houston Rockets, is the biggest star on the auction block. Miami reportedly has offered center Rony Seikaly in return, but balked when the Rockets also wanted the Heat to include shooting guard Glen Rice or point guard Steve Smith.

The Rockets might be more inclined to deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, who reportedly have offered a package that includes forward James Worthy, center Elden Campbell and center/forward Vlade Divac, plus a future No. 1 draft pick. Houston would be asked to include shooting guard Sleepy Floyd.





http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1992-09-05/news/9201190877_1_salary-cap-rony-seikaly-rockets




With Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon putting a harder edge on his trade request and the Heat continuing its search for a quality power player, speculation again has surfaced linking the Houston center and the Miami Heat.

But the rumored deal -- involving Olajuwon and veteran guard Sleepy Floyd for Heat center Rony Seikaly, forward Grant Long and the rights to draft pick Harold Miner -- would still leave the Heat lacking in the frontcourt.

Also, Heat Partner Billy Cunningham denied Friday that talks between Miami and Houston are ongoing. ``We haven`t spoken to those people in months,`` he said.

Olajuwon`s unhappiness is well-documented and his agent, Leonard Armato, confirmed Friday that the 7-foot center no longer wants to play for the Rockets.

``If you have a disgruntled and unhappy superstar and there are irreconcilable differences, then a trade nearly always happens at some point,`` Armato said.



The Houston Post reported Friday that the Rockets had received a letter from Armato mentioning possible legal action if the team doesn`t trade Olajuwon and publicly retract statements made during the injury controversy late last season. The seven-time All-Star was suspended after he missed games with a hamstring injury that team medical officials deemed wasn`t severe enough to prevent him from playing.

Since the season ended, rumors have circulated concerning Olajuwon`s eventual destination -- with the Clippers, Heat and Sonics cited as potential employers.

Earlier in the offseason, the Heat reportedly turned down an offer involving Olajuwon and Seikaly, Glen Rice and Steve Smith. Seikaly, Rice and Smith are the Heat`s three ``untouchables`` and Miami is loathe to gut its nucleus.

The Heat`s considerable leverage vis-a-vis the salary cap (an NBA rarity), may be behind Miami`s occasional mention in the Olajuwon saga.

``That`s the only reason I can think of because there`s absolutely nothing whatsoever to (the latest rumor),`` Cunningham said.

Managing Partner Lewis Schaffel, who said in June the Olajuwon talks were dead, has stated he would never trade Seikaly, Rice and Smith in trio. But if one of the three could be packaged with other considerations in a deal for a superstar, Schaffel has said the team would be open to suggestion.



I can't believe the rockets would entertain doing any of those deals but what was even crazier is that Miami would not have done those deals.
:speechless:

king4day
05-28-2011, 06:08 PM
Yea can't believe Miami wouldn't do those deals. Then again, I didn't watch ball then and am not sure how important those guys were to the Heat

rhino17
05-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Never would have happened

The Rockets owner at the time never would have traded Hakeem

Cromedome
05-28-2011, 06:37 PM
Nobody was beating Jordan or the Bulls so it would have been pointless either way.

rhino17
05-28-2011, 06:40 PM
Nobody was beating Jordan or the Bulls so it would have been pointless either way.

Except Hakeem was about the only player who had a winning record against MJ

SteBO
05-28-2011, 06:41 PM
Nobody was beating Jordan or the Bulls so it would have been pointless either way.
I was just going to say this. It all sounded like a lost cause anyway. Either way, it sounds like they were probably just dangling him for the fun of it maybe, but I couldn't imagine HOU being that stupid.

nickdymez
05-28-2011, 07:03 PM
Glenn Rice and Hakeem would have been deadly

JordansBulls
05-28-2011, 07:14 PM
Nobody was beating Jordan or the Bulls so it would have been pointless either way.

If he is gone in 1994 then why couldn't the Heat have won it with Hakeem there?

Ty Fast
05-28-2011, 07:18 PM
Nobody was beating Jordan or the Bulls so it would have been pointless either way.

mj missed 2 years though and who won the title (and finals mvp) those 2 years

hgtiger32
05-28-2011, 07:25 PM
do people also know how close Hakeem, Clyde, and MJ were to being on the same team in Houston?

JordansBulls
05-28-2011, 07:31 PM
do people also know how close Hakeem, Clyde, and MJ were to being on the same team in Houston?
Yeah most people know that story, but I'm quite sure many didn't know this trade rumor.

210Don
05-28-2011, 07:31 PM
do people also know how close Hakeem, Clyde, and MJ were to being on the same team in Houston?

lol how close? i didnt know that

Hellcrooner
05-28-2011, 10:36 PM
do people also know how close Hakeem, Clyde, and MJ were to being on the same team in Houston?

Close?

It woudl ahve never happened.
houston could have had Clyde and Sampson ( trading the PICK for clyde)

could ahve had Hakeem and Jordan ( trading Sampson for Portlands pick)

Could have had Clyde and Jordan ( trading sampson and trading the pick down)


but NEVER could ahve had the three of them

bagwell368
05-28-2011, 10:39 PM
Except Hakeem was about the only player who had a winning record against MJ

Yeah and if Hakeem had Pippen or overall as good teams and the Bulls had crappy Houston like teams the title counts would have flipped pretty hard.

John Walls Era
05-28-2011, 10:50 PM
do people also know how close Hakeem, Clyde, and MJ were to being on the same team in Houston?

Yeah that would've been crazy. But it was just a rumor at the time.

DODGERS&LAKERS
05-28-2011, 10:51 PM
Yeah and if Hakeem had Pippen or overall as good teams and the Bulls had crappy Houston like teams the title counts would have flipped pretty hard.

Or anybody of talent. The 90's were weird in that they had some great centers, but nobody around them to help. Hakeem was alone in Houston, Ewing had nobody in New York, Admiral was alone in San Antonio. Each of them could have used a great wing player

Chronz
05-28-2011, 10:56 PM
Crazy to think ewing and drob were at one point better players and that steve smith began his career as a pg

Chronz
05-28-2011, 10:58 PM
Or anybody of talent. The 90's were weird in that they had some great centers, but nobody around them to help. Hakeem was alone in Houston, Ewing had nobody in New York, Admiral was alone in San Antonio. Each of them could have used a great wing player

Weren't many great swings available back then.

DODGERS&LAKERS
05-28-2011, 11:22 PM
Weren't many great swings available back then.

Thats what I was thinking. I was trying to think of guys who could be paired up with these great bigs, but could not get past Drexler with all of them. Shaq had Penny who was pretty good, not great from 94 to 97.

Chronz
05-29-2011, 12:15 AM
Thats what I was thinking. I was trying to think of guys who could be paired up with these great bigs, but could not get past Drexler with all of them. Shaq had Penny who was pretty good, not great from 94 to 97.

Yup you might argue that even if the two players were equal having jordan was a greater advantage positionally

NBAfan4life
05-29-2011, 12:36 AM
Yup you might argue that even if the two players were equal having jordan was a greater advantage positionally

Its also why Jordan was so dominant. Jordan is and for the foreseeable future going to be GOAT, but his era was not full of dominant wing players.

JordansBulls
05-29-2011, 01:35 AM
Yeah and if Hakeem had Pippen or overall as good teams and the Bulls had crappy Houston like teams the title counts would have flipped pretty hard.

Pippen would never had become the player he became playing with Hakeem over MJ. MJ helped soo much that it isn't funny. Not to mention that when Hakeem did get Pippen they lost in round 1. And let's not make a big deal of this because Hakeem got Pippen the year after the Bulls won there last title.

astrosmaniac
05-29-2011, 11:03 AM
Pippen would never had become the player he became playing with Hakeem over MJ. MJ helped soo much that it isn't funny. Not to mention that when Hakeem did get Pippen they lost in round 1. And let's not make a big deal of this because Hakeem got Pippen the year after the Bulls won there last title.

yea but pippen and hakeem were both in their declines when pippen got here. kinda like what happened with barkley

Chronz
05-29-2011, 12:34 PM
yea but pippen and hakeem were both in their declines when pippen got here. kinda like what happened with barkley

He said not to mention that

todu82
05-29-2011, 04:59 PM
Never heard of the deal, really couldn't see Houston trading Hakeem at that time though.

JordansBulls
05-31-2011, 08:46 AM
yea but pippen and hakeem were both in their declines when pippen got here. kinda like what happened with barkley

It's not like the 1998 Bulls were in their prime either.

fishfan79
05-31-2011, 09:00 AM
if we did it we wouldnt of ended up with riley and mourning most likely so no worries now. everything happens for a reason good and bad

MiamiWadeCounty
05-31-2011, 11:41 AM
Yea can't believe Miami wouldn't do those deals. Then again, I didn't watch ball then and am not sure how important those guys were to the Heat

Glenn Rice averaged about 21 pts, 5 rebs, and 2 ast in his 3rd to 6th seasons with the Heat (played for the heat in seasons 1-6). Seikaly averaged about 16.5 pts, 11-12 reb, and 1.5 blks in the majority of his six years with the Heat. Steve Smith averaged 20 pts, 4 ast, and 3 rebs in his best year with the heat. Needless to say, getting Hakeem would have been amazing, but giving up the Heat's top three players at the time would have been tough. Overall though we ended up getting Mourning eventually and everything worked out.