Just in case you have been hiding in a sports vacuum or gave up listening about Carson Wentz for Lent, Wentz has finally been traded to the Colts for a 3rd round draft pick this year and a conditional 2nd rounder next year that could become a first. I really hope Howie .isnt proud of himself. 3 weeks ago he could have gotten 2 2nd rounders this year and a conditional or 2 next year, but I guess Howie thought that was too good. This will go down as one of the worst trades in Philly Sports History. Let’s take a look and see where it lands on the top 10 worst trades in my opinion.
Number 10 – 2007 Phillies trade Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd for Freddie Garcia.
This is one of a few trades the Phillies made that made no sense to the fan base. Gonzalez and Floyd both went onto successful careers as starting pitchers while Garcia was never as good as billed. Trading starting 2 pitchers for one isn’t the most efficient trade, especially when Garcia never gave the Phillies a solid year.
Number 9 – 2002. ,Phillies. Trade Scott Rolen for Placido Polanco.
I think I will let this sit right here. The #9 on the list of Bad Trades in Philly History of just the Phillies and Sixers. Some have it ranked higher but there are more that are more worthy of these spots and the Rolen trade is one of those things that make you go, hmmm. And that is enough said.
NUMBER 8 – Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic in a 4 team trade and acquire Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Between the 2, Bynum and Richardson played in a whopping total of 53 games, all by Richardson. This is a trade to just make a trade, I think. Iggy went on to win Rings with the Warriors and the Lakers while Richardson played partial seasons for 2 years and Bynum is still looking for his Sixers Jersey. This trade was also a precursor to the “Process”. The worst idea in any level of basketball. Organized Losing is never, ever good.
Number 7 – traded up in 1995 draft to get Mike Mamula.
The Eagles sent 2 first round and 2 second round picks in the ’95 draft in order to move up to draft Mike Mamula. Mamula had an ok term with the Eagles as a pass rusher but nothing like the players drafted in the picks the Eagles gave up. With the 2 first rounders the Bucs took Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. They only won a Super Bowl. The Eagles could also have had Curtis Martin or Ty Law. And to think Howie wasn’t even the GM yet.
Number 6 – Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, and 2 first round picks for Cliff Robinson and Jeff Ruland.
Just looking at this deal, it looks bad but it gets worse. Rutland only makes 15 appearances over 4 years and then retires. Cliff Robinson averaged 16.8 points a game while he was here not great but okay. Definitely not worth what was traded to the Bullets. Moses made the All-Star team the next 3 years and averaged a double-double for 4 seasons. Malone still had gas in the tank but the Sixers guessed wrong
No. 5 – Wilt Chamberlin to the Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clake, and Darrell Imhoff.
Somehow and no one knows or will admit it, The Sixers and Wilt became disenchanted with each other. At the end of the 1968 season, Wilt demanded a trade or he was going to the ABA. So the Sixers worked out a deal to send Wilt to the Lakers for 3 guys not named Joe. The historIc aspect is that this is the first time a reigning MVP was ever traded. One day we will know what happened between the Sixers and Wilt. Just not any time in the near future.
Number 4 ,- Phillies trade Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg for Ivan DeJesus.
This was in my teen years and actually brought a tear to my eye but also hardened my Philly fandom so I could easily boo DeJesus even tho it was not his fault but he was close enough.
Number 3 – . Carson Wentz is traded for a 3rd round pick this year and a conditional second round pick next year.
This deal has me thinking. Is this the same path the Eagles followed back in the early 2000s? I thought Howie true a line in the sand for their to be a first round pick involved. This is just proof that Howie still hasn’t grown a backbone. Until he goes, we may never have a great team.
Number 2 – The Sixers trade Charles Barkley to the Suns for Jeff Hornacek. Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry.
This is another instance where the player demands a trade to force the owner’s hand. Barkley demanded a trade mainly because he was getting beaten up every night. Jeff Hornacek is an admirable player but adding Lang and Perry didn’t help much. 2 decent role players but nothing else and not enough for the 28 year old Barkley in the prime of his career.
Number 1 – The Sixers trade the number 1 pick to Cleveland for Roy Hinson.
The Sixers had the easiest piece in the ’86 draft, use the # 1 pick on Roy Hinson. But no, Harold Katz said trade the #1 and get rid of Malone. By then my dad was the official scorer for the Sixers and he found out before it was on the news. He called me at a friend’s house in Avalon., I was dumbfounded. How could you disassemble a team just 3 years after they won the Championship. They did it and this will always go down as the darkest day in Philadelphia sports history.