The 6 WEIRDEST Trades In NBA History

we've seen some good trades we've seen some bad trades we've seen trades that turned an entire franchise around and we've seen others that did the complete opposite however throughout the course of NBA history there have been some trades that were just ridiculously weird I'll explain each trade in detail and why they possibly made them how's going ladies and gents my name's Andy and here are the six weirdest trades in NBA history number six Fred Roberts – the Boston Celtics Fred Roberts was nothing more than a roll player a backup power forward who played for seven different teams in his 13 seasons in the NBA averaging about seven points and three rebounds a game for his career however in 1986 the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz for some reason were in a bidding war to get Roberts he was a restricted free agent and the Celtics offered him a two-year $400,000 contracts the Jazz decided to match the offer to keep him even though they honestly didn't need him since they already had a young Karl Malone who was on the verge of becoming a superstar as well as multiple other backup big men so the Jazz surprisingly matched the Celtics offer and now the only way the Celtics could get him is through a sign-and-trade the Jazz said that they would trade Roberts to them if they got back a second-round pick but the Celtics did not have a second-round pick so they could only offer a third-round pick and yes back in the 80s the draft had like seven rounds so the Jazz agreed to take the third-round pick which they use to select Billy Donovan in the 1987 drafts who would only play in the NBA for one season before eventually becoming a head coach but the Jazz also added another part to the deal they wanted the Celtics to play two preseason games in Utah which was really strange but according to the Jazz owner he hoped that the Celtics would bring in a lot of ticket sales and revenue because at the time they were the most popular team in the league right up there with the Lakers and I guess it worked out according to plan because those two preseason games instantly sold out and the Jazz fans rushed to the arena to see the Celtics play so this trade was basically a way for that Jazz to earn some extra cash by inviting the Celtics over to play and also a third-round pick out of it not a bad deal considering that the Jazz didn't even need Fred Roberts number five Stan Van Gundy to Orlando now this trade might not seem that weird but I believe it was the first time a coach got traded to another team and how this whole thing played out was very awkward Van Gundy recently led the Miami Heat to the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals while winning 59 games in the regular season if they were one game away from the finals and they might have gotten there Blaine Wade did not get hurt afterwards Pat Riley decided that hey you know what this team is really good now and I want to take over so he stepped out from his executive role and became the head coach after some arguments with Van Gundy which caused Van Gundy to step down except shortly after he stepped down he accepted an offer to coach the Orlando Magic even though he was still under Miami's contracts which said that he could not coach another team during the duration however Miami would allow Van Gundy to coach Orlando if they got back some draft picks in exchange which they did Orlando sent them a 2007 and 2008 second-round pick those pigs did not turn into any decent players a couple years later in 2013 Doc Rivers became the second coach to get traded to another team this one was more of a straightforward trade the Celtics sent rivers to the LA Clippers for a 2015 first-round pick which eventually turned into RJ hunter number four Jon Spoelstra to Indiana this was definitely a weird trade when you look back in hindsight but it kinda made sense at the time to sum it up Jon Spoelstra was Erik Spoelstra's father and in 1982 he was the marketing executive of the Portland Trail Blazers at the time the majority of NBA teams were losing money but the Blazers were one of them who haven't according to John he said I was an advocate that if you owned an NBA team that you didn't have to lose money in 1983 almost every team was losing money and the Trail Blazers weren't the Pacers were for sale and they were bringing in different people and wanted me to talk to prospective buyers and basically the Pacers were losing money and they needed some help from the marketing standpoint so Jon Spoelstra decided to himself to the Pacers in exchange for a point guard John booth in his prime boost was a great point guard he was a two-time all-star and led the league in assists and steals for multiple seasons but by 1983 he was 32 years old and just a backup point guard also he left the Blazers after just one season so this trade didn't really accomplish anything but at least the Blazers got him for basically nothing Jon Spoelstra was able to help the Pacers find a new owner for their team which turned out to be Herbert and Mel Simon Spoelstra would only be consulting with the Pacers for a couple weeks and then returned back to Portland at the end of the day I guess the Pacers won the trade because it definitely helped their franchise stay there number three Kyle Korver for a copy-machine over his career Kyle Korver developed into one of the greatest three-point shooters in NBA history he has a career three-point percentage of 43% and led the league in that category for four different seasons it's the part of his game that has not fallen off even when he's gotten a lot older in 2003 the Nets recently made the finals for two consecutive years but despite their success they were still near the bottom of the league in attendance and overall viewership the nets were not a very popular team and with the economy starting to go downhill they were still losing money even though they were contending for the title in the 2003 draft the Nets held the 51st overall pick which they used to draft Kyle Korver but then they decided to trade Korver to Philadelphia for 125,000 dollars according to Zach Lowe he said with none of their preferred choices on the board the Nets brass selected Creighton small forward Kyle Korver with the 51st pick and immediately sold his draft rights to the Sixers for a $125,000 is that covered summer league and with the leftover cash the Nets bought a new copy machine in Philly Korver would become an exceptional role player and his three-point shooting was on points right when he got there had the nest decided to keep Korver he could have helped them a lot especially playing next to Jason Kidd in fact the Nets where a bottom 10 in the league in three-point percentage so Korver would immediately make them better looking at this in hindsight this was a terrible trade for the nets but at the same time most players picked in the second round don't amount to anything I mean it was the 51st overall pick players drafted at that spot usually don't even play a single game so nobody expected anything out of Korver in addition to that the Nets also had financial issues so the trade does make sense from their perspective number 2 Bill Russell to the Celtics I've talked about this trade in a previous video before when I ranked the greatest draft-day trades ever this Bill Russell trade was also one of the weirdest ones ever to sum it up the Celtics coach Red Auerbach was looking for a tough defensive minded center on the roster he had his eyes set on Bill Russell if the Rochester Royals had the number one pick but our bag pulled some strings to get them to not draft Russell he offered the Royals a show from the Ice Capades a group of traveling ice skaters the Royals accepted the offer but it turns out they didn't want Russell anyway so they essentially got a free show from the Ice Capades in Rochester now the number two pick belonged to the st. Louis Hawks and that's where our bag came in with an offer he offered to future Hall of Famers ed McAuley and cliff Hagan to the Hawks for Bill Russell if the Hawks accepted the offer and the rest is history decades later bill Simmons has stated that he believed the real reason this trade happened was because in the 1950s if the racism in st. Louis was everywhere and the organization most likely did not want a black player to represent the city because it probably would not attract as many fans even to this day the Russell trade to the Celtics still remains as the greatest draft day trade in NBA history in terms of impacts Russell was the driving force behind the Celtics incredible championship run in the 50s and 60s and while the Hawks did win a championship in 1958 they were nowhere near as dominant as the Celtics during that era number one the Clippers and Celtics trade franchises if you're a fan of NBA history you should know that there used to be a franchise called the Buffalo Braves located in upstate New York if the Braves no longer exist but they're actually the same franchise eventually became the Los Angeles Clippers so how did that happen well it was actually because two owners decided to trade their entire franchise with each other in 1978 the Buffalo Braves were owned by John Brown as the Boston Celtics were owned by Irv Levin even though Irv owned the Celtics he lived in California and he wanted to move back there and own a team there however he couldn't just move the Celtics to California by 1978 they had like 13 championships and they were by far the most successful franchise in the NBA if he relocated them to the west coast there would be riots on the streets of Boston so then in comes John Brown John was content with owning the Braves but at the time there was still a relatively new expansion team and they had nowhere near the amount of popularity or revenue as the Celtics that's when he jumped at this golden opportunity John and Irv reached a deal where they would swap shares of their franchise so now John owned the Celtics and Irv owned the Braves immediately after herb got the team he relocated them to San Diego and rebranded the team naming them to San Diego clippers so now both of them got what they wanted however not many people know about this whole deal between the two franchises because frankly the owners did not own them for much longer as the new owner of the Celtics John's relationship with his GM Red Auerbach was not good and it continued to get worse as John would make trades without consulting Auerbach eventually he would sell the team in 1979 as for Irv the Clippers were struggling and they didn't make a single playoff appearance in their time in San Diego so he sold the team to Donald sterling and that's all folks those were the six weirdest trades in NBA history let me know in the comments thank you all so much for watching I hope you enjoyed the video and as always I'll see you next time peace

41 thoughts on “The 6 WEIRDEST Trades In NBA History

  1. How can you claim that Don Buse was a great point guard in his time when you don’t even know his name?

  2. Kyle Korver recently said in an interview that "I heard the copy machine doesn't work anymore, but I still do" LMFAO

  3. The Multiple Trades involving the Ghost of Keith Van Horn…and Aaron McKie being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies from the Lakers, while being an assistant coach for the 76ers.

  4. Sure, the Kyle Korver has made a nice career for himself as the successor to Wally Alphabet…but that Copy Machine was the best player on a couple Nets teams.

  5. and Bill Simmons was unaware of the racism in Boston? It may have been the case as to why St. Louis didn't draft and keep Russell, but I'm not confident that was the reason.

  6. Even for the time, wouldn't what Boston did to draft Bill Russell be against the rules? Wouldn't it be considered bribery? I'm only speaking for the Royals in this case, as the Hawks actually were offered what seems like a legal trade.

  7. I don't know if this is true or not but we've seen this from an episode of Game of Zones from Bleacher Report that the Orlando Magic made a trade deal to the Toronto Raptors for a horse:

  8. You might want to consider Wilt to the 76ers for a couple of journeymen and an All-Star… who had already been retired for a year and a half, albeit with a lot of tread still left on his tires. In the event, Lee Shaffer declined to come back.Plus, I suspect, the league threw in a top first round draft choice to encourage the deal — the Warriors and the Knicks (who also needed help) split the first four picks the next year.

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