Bill Russell to the Celtics
If Michael Jordan wasn’t widely considered the greatest NBA player of all time, it would probably be Bill Russell. The Celtics got Russell from the St. Louis Hawks for Cliff Hagan, Ed Macauley, and the seventh overall pick in the 1956 draft. Bill Russell is known as one of the best defenders and rebounders in NBA history. He’s also an 11x NBA Champion and a 5x NBA MVP. No one else in the history of the league can say that.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers
The Lakers lucked out multiple times back in the day, but this time involved the Milwaukee Bucks and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Despite leading the Bucks to a championship in 1971 and averaging 30 points and 15 rebounds, Kareem didn’t want to be in Milwaukee any longer. The Bucks ended up trading him to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Junior Bridgeman, Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith, and Brian Winters. Kareem went on to win 5 NBA Championships with the Lakers and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, a title he still owns to this day.
Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers
You’ll start to realize very quickly that the Lakers have won a ton of trades over the years. This one is no different, as they snagged Wilt Chamberlain from the 76ers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark, and Darrell Imhoff, three players you probably don’t know. Wilt ended up winning a championship, an MVP and a Finals MVP with the Lakers.
Sometimes you make a mistake you just can’t take back.