The biggest trades in Wizards, Bullets' history
Biggest trades in Wizards' history
Throughout the history of the Washington Wizards organization, dating back to its time as the Bullets, the team has made major trades that have altered the franchise's course in the short-term and long-term future that followed.
Some trades have led to favorable results, and others left fans wondering what could have been.
The trades have involved NBA Hall of Famers, promising young players, unfavorable contracts, diminishing veteran players and draft picks that proved both beneficial and costly.
10. Wizards acquire Caron Butler from the Lakers
After four unproductive seasons in Washington, the Wizards flipped failed former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown and Laron Profit for Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins in 2005.
Even with a change of scenery, Brown never lived up to the lofty expectations with Los Angeles. Profit played one season with the Lakers, which proved to be the last of his NBA career.
Butler, meanwhile, spent five seasons in D.C. and formed Washington's version of a 'Big Three' alongside Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. Butler averaged 19 points per game as a Wizard before a mid-season trade in 2010 sent him to the Mavericks as the Arenas-Butler-Jamison era neared a close for the franchise.
9. Wizards acquire Antawn Jamison from Mavericks
Just before the 2004 NBA draft, then-general manager Ernie Grunfeld agreed to trade the team's No. 5 pick and veterans Christian Laettner and Jerry Stackhouse to the Dallas Mavericks for forward Antawn Jamison.
The No. 5 pick turned into point guard Devin Harris, who enjoyed an impactful career with the Mavericks, and a 15-year career in the NBA. Laettner and Stackhouse's best days were already behind them at the time of the trade.
Jamison came to the Wizards and helped Gilbert Arenas, and later Caron Butler, usher in a new era for the Wizards. That trio made four playoff appearances in Jamison's six seasons in D.C. before the team traded him to the contending Cavaliers in 2010. During his time as a Wizard, Jamison averaged 20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
8. Wizards trade Richard Hamilton to the Pistons
Richard Hamilton was just coming off a season where he averaged 20 points per game as a 23-year-old when the Wizards decided to trade him, along with Hubert Davis and Bobby Simmons, to the Detroit Pistons for Brian Cardinal, Jerry Stackhouse and Ratko Varda in 2002.
Hamilton and Stackhouse headlined the deal and the two franchises headed in two different directions. Stackhouse averaged 21.5 points in his first season in D.C. before knee surgery started a steep decline in his productivity.
Conversely, Hamilton was a standout contributor upon his arrival, which coincided with the Pistons' run to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals that netted two finals appearances and one NBA title.
7. Wizards trade Rasheed Wallace to the Trail Blazers
Just over a year after making Rasheed Wallace the No. 4 selection in the 1995 draft, the Bullets traded him to the Portland Trailblazers for two veterans in Harvey Grant and Rod Strickland.
A second stint in Washington couldn't rejuvenate Grant's career, which ended three years after his return to D.C. Strickland spent five seasons with the franchise, averaging 15.5 points and 8.9 assists, but just one playoff appearance.
In Portland, Wallace averaged 16.8 points over eight seasons, all of which resulted in a playoff appearance — including two trips to the Western Conference finals.
6. Wizards trade Gilbert Arenas to the Magic
With an expensive contract, declining productivity and controversy hanging over his head, trading Gilbert Arenas was no easy task.
But in 2010 Washington found a trade partner in the Orlando Magic, who also had a bad contract to unload in Rashard Lewis. Both former All-Stars were well past their prime at the time of the trade and neither played up to their massive salaries.
Arenas' departure marked the official passing of the baton from his era to the John Wall age.
5. Wizards trade 2009 No. 5 pick to Minnesota Timberwolves
Ahead of the 2009 draft, General Manager Ernie Grunfeld dealt the Wizards' No. 5 pick, along with role players Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila and Etan Thomas, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for veteran guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
Foye and Miller both averaged double-digit scoring but left in free agency after just one season in Washington.
The Timberwolves selected Ricky Rubio with the pick the Wizards surrendered. That draft also yielded current NBA stars Steph Curry at No. 7 and DeMar DeRozan at No. 9.
4. Bullets acquire Chris Webber
Chris Webber was the No. 1 pick in the 1993 NBA draft but just over a year later, the Golden State Warriors sent him to Washington for a package of Tom Gugliotta and three first-round picks.
The three first-round picks turned into Todd Fuller in 1996, Vince Carter in 1998 and Chris Mihm in 2000. Fuller and Mihm had unremarkable stints in the NBA, while Carter continues his legendary career into the 2020s.
Webber was the star of the late 1990s teams in Washington, averaging 20.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in his four seasons, but only led the franchise to one playoff appearance.
3. Wizards trade Chris Webber to the Sacramento Kings
Webber led the Bullets/ Wizards in scoring in each of his four seasons in Washington. But following the 1998 season, the team traded the then-25-year-old to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a pair of veteran players in Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe, who were both into their 30s at the time of the deal.
Richmond's scoring curtailed in three seasons in Washington, finishing each of his three years below 20 points per game — something he had never done prior in his career. Otis Thorpe, meanwhile, played just one season in the Nation's Capital.
In Sacramento, Webber continued to blossom. Over seven seasons, he averaged 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game and was a four-time All-Star.
2. Bullets acquire Moses Malone from the Philadelphia 76ers
The Bullets executed a blockbuster trade in 1986, acquiring three-time NBA Most Valuable Player Moses Malone, Terry Catledge and two first-round picks from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Cliff Robinson and Jeff Ruland.
Despite being on the back half of his career, Malone still averaged 22.2 points per game in his two seasons in Washington and was an All-Star selection both years. Catledge played three seasons in Washington and averaged 11.4 points, and one of the draft picks yielded Harvey Grant — who later became a starter.
Ruland played just five games in Philadelphia before suffering an injury and retiring until a comeback attempt five years later. Robinson played three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, averaging 16.8 points.
1. Bullets acquire Elvin Hayes from the Houston Rockets
In the summer of 1972, the Baltimore Bullets traded Jack Marin to the Houston Rockets to acquire Elvin Hayes.
Hayes will be remembered for his role in leading the Bullets to the 1978 NBA championship — which still stands as the only title in franchise history. Hayes went on to become a member of the NBA hall of fame, and the team retired his No. 11 jersey. He finished his Bullets' career averaging 21.3 points and 12.7 rebounds per game over his nine seasons.
Marin, on the other hand, played two seasons in Houston and averaged 15.6 points per game.