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What's the worst trade in NBA history?

What's the worst trade in NBA history?

What's the worst trade in NBA history?

What is the worst trade in NBA history?

The Kings shocked the NBA by trading All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins in a deal centered around a 2017 first-round pick and Buddy Hield, a rookie who Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly believes has “Steph Curry potential.” Kings GM Vlade Divac — who, as a player, was traded from the Lakers to the Hornets for Kobe Bryant in a regrettable 1996 deal — admitted to having a better offer “two days” before making the deal.

The Kings are a rudderless ship, but there have been many terrible trades in NBA history. The Celtics traded draft picks to the Warriors for Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish in a 1980 deal. Former Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien traded away first-round picks in five consecutive years — one of which turned into 1982 No. 1 overall pick James Worthy — inspiring the “Stepien Rule,” which prohibits teams from trading first-round picks in successive seasons.

But even that rule hasn’t been able to protect teams from themselves. In 2013, the Brooklyn Nets traded a handful of draft picks to acquire veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Celtics. As a result, Boston has the No. 1 overall pick this year (through an option to swap picks with Brooklyn) and could again in 2018 (with Brooklyn’s unprotected pick outright).

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