He leads the all-time blocks list with 3,830. Unfortunately, only 90 of those came from his time with the Raptors.
I'm sure you all know how good he was in his prime; and even for his final season in the NBA, 90 blocks overall ain't bad.
However, he was acquired by Toronto in 2001 at the age of 39 for a second and first round pick.
He was probably worth two second round picks, but the Raptors were a title contender and didn't really need their draft picks the following season.
But really: why would you sign an almost 40 year old to a three year deal worth $17.4 million?
That is almost a MILLION MORE than what it cost the Raptors to get a proven starting PG in Jarrett Jack, and he was a RESTRICTED free agent!
Olajuwon turned down a $13 million offer to end his career with the Rockets, but $4.3 million is still over paying.
But, I don't think that was their first offer. Toronto's idiot GM Glen Grunwald's first offer to a 39 year old was $5.8 million a year!
He averaged career lows in his lone season with the Raptors: 7.1 ppg, 1.5 bpg, 6 rpg, and 1.1 apg.
Guess who his agent was? Dan "the greedy bastard" Fegan, who said about the trade that "Hakeem felt he was done as a top player for the Rockets. But, not as an NBA player."
How does that even make sense?
Olajuwon was waived Oct. 27, 2003. Nobody picked up the 41 year old (who would, after just seeing him have his worst season ever?) so his guaranteed salary still counted against the Raptors which was just under 5.8 million, I believe.
The good news was that the Raptors fired Glen Grunwald in 2004, after he messed up the team and their chances at a championship. The bad news is they hired Rob Babcock.