The 10 Worst Trades in World History


#10 – Kobe Bryant for Vlade Divac

*The Details:* 17 year-old Bryant was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft. But he demanded to play for the Lakers, so Charlotte dealt him there for … a boatload of future draft picks and a 24 year-old Nick Van Exel? No. Vlade Divac. Bryant went on to win five championships in L.A.; Divac went on to play two years in Charlotte and the Hornets left town after the 2002 season.

On the Other Hand: As a member of the Sacramento Kings, Divac helped the Kings beat Bryant and the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Although the officials and league record books disagree.

#9 – Louisiana Territory for cash considerations

The Details: In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson used $15 million in federal funds to purchase the Louisiana Territory from the French. The Territory gave the U.S. present day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, parts of Minnesota, most of North Dakota, nearly all of South Dakota, northeastern New Mexico, northern Texas, parts of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana. It was a nice little haul for what amounts to $218 million in 2011 dollars — or roughly $57 million less than what the Yankees are paying A-Rod.

On the Other Hand: Each citizen's share of the current U.S. debt is $46,134.51. If you multiply that by the current number of people living in the Louisiana territories, France traded more than $4 trillion in future debt for $15 million in cash. That's a steal.

#8 – The core of the 1990s Cowboys for Herschel Walker

The Details: Desperate for a running back, the Vikings in 1989 traded five players and eight draft picks for Walker and four picks. Walker never made a Pro Bowl for the Vikings, while the Cowboys used their picks for Emmitt Smith and other key players and went on to win three Super Bowl in the 1990s.

On the Other Hand: Walker, now 48, says he believes he can still play in the NFL. Really. Emmitt Smith is retired, overweight and in Just For Men commercials. Maybe the Vikings had more of a long-term vision.

#7 – Peter Forsberg and most of the Flyers organization for Eric Lindros

The Details: The Quebec Nordiques picked Lindros No. 1 overall in the 1991 NHL Draft. At the time, Lindros was touted as some sort of unstoppable combination of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier. He turned out to be a very stoppable combination of emotions and injuries. The Nordiques/Avalanche used Forsberg, five additional players, a No. 1 draft pick and $15 million to become a 1990s NHL powerhouse.

On the Other Hand: 10 years later, the Flyers were able to deal Lindros to the Rangers for Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, Pavel Brendl and a 3rd Round draft pick, sooooooo … yeah. It's almost sort of debatable which Lindros trade was worse for the Flyers.

#6 – Brett Favre for Tony Smith

The Details: After sitting on the bench for a year in Atlanta, Brett Favre was traded by the Falcons to the Packers for a 1st Round pick that the Falcons used on running back Tony Smith. Favre won a Super Bowl in Green Bay and rewrote the NFL record book. Smith ran for 329 yards in a 3-year NFL career.

On the Other Hand: We never were subjected to a picture of Tony Smith's penis.