Vitaly Potapenko, to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Career Recap: As a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Vitaly Potapenko averaged 5.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while admittedly playing less than 16 minutes per game. It didn’t get much better, even as the Cavaliers got younger, as Potapenko would continue to see his minutes decrease.
In reality, his name really lives in infamy because of the fact that Rick Pitino, while coaching the Boston Celtics at the time, traded center Andrew DeClercq and a 1999 1st round draft pick (that would become Andre Miller) in exchange for Potapenko.
Where Are They Now: After retiring as a player, Potapenko served as an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Dakota Wizards, and the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA’s G League.
He eventually made his way up to the NBA coaching ranks, serving four years on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ staff (where he earned an NBA Championship ring when the Cavaliers won the league title in 2016), and presently on the staff of the Memphis Grizzlies.