Over the course of its 25-year history in the NBA, the New Orleans Hornets franchise has been on the wrong side of some woefully one-sided trades. The main cause behind these bad deals was the constant desire to cut payroll that became infamous during the reign of notoriously cheap owner George Shinn.
During Shinn's stint as owner, fans were wise to not get too attached to any potential stars donning the team's wardrobe. It seemed that once a player raised his profile to the point of becoming a household name, his days as a member of the Hornets would soon be numbered.
From Alonzo Mourning to Larry Johnson to Glen Rice to Baron Davis, stars came and went out of Charlotte and New Orleans. In a sport where developing a young core and building chemistry is the blueprint to success, Shinn's cost cutting routinely hindered progress.
These days, the team has a new owner in Tom Benson and a savvy front office led by GM Dell Demps. After an offseason that saw Demps retool a majority of the roster, the Hornets (like most of the league) were quiet at this year's trading deadline.
The silence was a nice change of pace for Hornets fans, who understandably became frustrated with watching their former stars go on to bigger and better things elsewhere.
Since the Hornets opted to give us nothing to talk about in the world of wheeling and dealing this season, the focus shifts to looking back at this team's history. More precisely, it's time to take a look at some of the worst trades in the franchise's history.
The main criteria here has less to do with the quality of player being shipped out and more to do with the lack of talent being acquired. For instance, while trading a budding star like Mourning was a tough pill to swallow, the Hornets could at least find solace in the fact that they obtained All-Star forward Glen Rice in return.
For the six trades (the top five, plus an honorable mention) that are about to be unveiled, the team wasn't as fortunate with what was received for its talent. For the most part, the guys named in this list enjoyed greater success with their new teams.
Here are the worst trades in the history of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.