The 12 Worst Trades in NBA History

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Joe Johnson react to a play.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Joe Johnson react to a play. | Elsa/Getty Images

When the Brooklyn Nets announced that they waived Joe Johnson, we couldn’t help but shake our heads. Not only was the former All-Star guard now receiving the opportunity to play for a contender (until the Miami Heat were eliminated from the playoffs that is), but the Nets had essentially admitted what the majority of us already knew: Their plan to trade for big-name talent at the cost of tons of assets was a complete disaster.

It’s not easy to win championships in the NBA. And sometimes, in the name of reaching the top of the mountain, clubs will risk a lot in the hopes of achieving quick success. Focusing on the trio pictured above, it’s clear that strategy does not always pan out. But trust us, it could always be worse. NBA history gives us plenty of examples of catastrophic trades. However, the way we see it, these are the 12 worst trades in NBA history.