basketball The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades  

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The 2016 NBA trade deadline is upon us and with that teams will be looking to upgrade their roster in hopes of eventually losing to the unbeatable Golden State Warriors. While the majority of teams will move players that the average fan has never heard of, there is usually at least one splashy trade that will involve a superstar or two. Over the years, midseason NBA trades have come back to haunt franchises for years after moving their star player. After seeing this list, you might be a little more hesitant about trading your best player for the “future of the franchise”.

Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades
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In 2001, the Atlanta Hawks traded Dikembe Mutombo and Roshown McLeod to the Philadelphia 76ers for Toni Kukoc, Nazr Mohammed, Theo Ratliff, and Pepe Sanchez. The Sixers would finish this season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, while the Hawks got a bunch of injured and past their prime players. The Hawks gave away one of the all-time great defenders in the NBA and it cost them dearly. It took them seven years before they would even reach the postseason again after this trade.

Age: 51

Nationality: United States of America, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Teams: New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia 76ers, + more

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades
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In 1996, the Golden State Warriors traded Tim Hardaway and Chris Gatling to the Miami Heat for Bimbo Coles and Kevin Willis. Hardaway instantly made the Heat a title contender for years to come. The Warriors on the other hand went from having one of the most competitive point guards in the NBA to having a guy named Bimbo leading their team. It took the Warriors 11 more years after this trade to finally reach the playoffs again.

Age: age 49

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Miami Heat, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, + more

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Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades
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In 2011, the Los Angeles Clippers traded Baron Davis and a 2011 1st Round Draft pick (Kyrie Irving) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jamario Moon and Mo Williams. This trade has some bad luck involved, but aren’t the Clippers always unlucky? At the time, Davis was a salary dump for the Clips, but little did they know that their 1st Round pick would turn into perennial All-Star Kyrie Irving. When trading 1st Round picks, it is always wise to make them at least somewhat protected.

Age: age 36

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Teams: New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Pelicans, + more

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades
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In 1995, the Portland Trail Blazers traded Clyde Drexler and Tracy Murray to the Houston Rockets for Otis Thorpe, Marcelo Nicola, and a 1995 1st Round Draft pick (Randolph Childress). The Rockets went on to win the NBA championship that season, while the Blazers saved a lot of cap space and struggled mightily for years to come.

Age: age 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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