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Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby rlee » Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:45 pm

by Helene Elliott
LATimes.com

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There have been several pivotal trades for the franchise, but some were prompted by player trade demands, as with Wilt Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. However, the acquisition of Bryant was not only brilliant, but also opened many championship doors.

BEST, July 11, 1996: After technicalities were cleared up and Divac accepted a trade the Lakers had engineered with Charlotte before the draft, 17-year-old Bryant officially became a Laker. "We think this young man is really one of the most exciting young prospects we've seen in a long time," said Jerry West, the Lakers' executive vice president.

Five championships, 13 all-NBA team selections, four All-Star game most-valuable-player honors, two scoring titles, one regular-season MVP honor and 25 games in which Bryant has scored at least 50 points bear that out. Plus, the trade helped clear cap space for the Lakers to sign Shaquille O'Neal away from Orlando.
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Other franchise changers:

July 9, 1968: Acquired MVP Chamberlain from Philadelphia for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff. (After joining the Lakers) Chamberlain led the league in rebounding four times and was the MVP in the 1972 title run.

June 16, 1975: Acquired Abdul-Jabbar and reserve center Walt Wesley from Milwaukee for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters and rookies Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman. Abdul-Jabbar won five NBA titles and three MVP awards with the Lakers and held nine league records when he retired in 1989. He's still the NBA's all-time scoring leader.

Feb. 1, 2008: Acquired Pau Gasol and a second-round pick in 2010 for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol, two first-round picks and cash. Gasol helped the Lakers to two championships.

WORST: There aren't that many, which is why the Lakers have won 11 titles in Los Angeles. But on the theory that no acquisition of Benoit Benjamin can be considered a good one, we nominate sending Sam Perkins to Seattle on Feb. 22, 1993, for Benjamin and the rights to Doug Christie. Dikembe Mutombo, then with Denver, agreed.

"Sending Sam Perkins away hurt their cause," he told The Times. "How do you send away someone who can play 40 minutes for someone who plays four minutes? I'm not trying to criticize, but for me I think it was one of the ugliest trades ever in this league."

Benjamin averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 28 games. Christie, coveted by the Lakers for his athleticism, never fit in during two seasons.
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby Mike Goodman » Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:30 pm

by Helene Elliott
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WORST: ... on the theory that no acquisition of Benoit Benjamin can be considered a good one, we nominate sending Sam Perkins to Seattle on Feb. 22, 1993, for Benjamin and the rights to Doug Christie. Dikembe Mutombo, then with Denver, agreed.

"Sending Sam Perkins away hurt their cause," he told The Times. "How do you send away someone who can play 40 minutes for someone who plays four minutes? I'm not trying to criticize, but for me I think it was one of the ugliest trades ever in this league."

Benjamin averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 28 games. Christie, coveted by the Lakers for his athleticism, never fit in during two seasons.

It seems quite likely that the 22-year old rookie Doug Christie was the principal player the Lakers were acquiring for Sam Perkins, and that BB (age 28) was a throw-in. Benoit had already been in decline for 3 years, for the Clipps and Sonics.

Lakers' coach Randy Pfund didn't find Christie very useful, even though he would eventually log 28,000 NBA minutes.
Sam Perkins, age 31 at the time, would go on to play another 18,000 minutes, including playoffs.
Benjamin would hang around for another 6000 or so minutes over many years.

The Lakers received almost twice the future total player minutes in the deal. The players they got just didn't play those minutes for the Lakers. Is it appropriate to call this their worst trade?
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby wojoaderge » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:24 pm

Mike Goodman wrote:Benoit had already been in decline for 3 years, for the Clipps and Sonics.

Wasn't 90-91, only two seasons before, one of his best seasons?
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby Mike Goodman » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:56 pm

It seems to me his least bad season was either '89 or '90; rebounding peaked in '91, but offensive skills slipped; turnovers returned to horrific levels, and then all numbers were in free fall.
http://www.basketball-reference.com/pla ... abe01.html

Maybe he'd only been in noticeable decline for 2 years; but in retrospect, you know ...
After a dreadful 28 games in LA, he would rejoin his previous trajectory with the Nets.
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby Need To Argue » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:41 am

How about the trade of "Disco" Don Ford?
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby Mike Goodman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:03 pm

Giving up Don Ford plus their upcoming 1st round pick, for Cleveland's 1st round pick 2 years later -- that worked out very nicely for the Lakers. Ford was near the end of his useful career, and the Cavs had to surrender overall pick #1, which LA used on James Worthy.

The 1980 draft had Cleveland getting LA's pick, #22. They took Chad Kinch, who would total about 350 NBA minutes.
But they could have had Larry Smith, Jeff Ruland, Kurt Rambis ... no Hall of Famers, though Ruland may have been heading there, before injury derailed him.

In 3 years at Iona, Ruland had averaged 21 pts and 12 reb per game. And .635 FG%.
In his 3rd NBA season, he was getting 22 and 12, shooting .633; and in year 4 it all came apart.
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Re: Best and Worst Laker Trades

Postby dsdurany » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:09 am

what about trading Caron Butler for Kwame Brown during the summer of 2005 as worst trade ever?
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