Indiana Pacers — Trading For Tom Owens
The Indiana Pacers’ acquisition of big man Tom Owens is another example of why a team should never mortgage its future to get better today. In 1981, the Pacers sent a future first-round pick to Portland to acquire Owens.
The pick that Indiana sent ended up becoming the #2 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. If the Pacers hadn’t traded that pick, they would’ve been in position to not repeat the same mistake Portland made with the pick, and instead use it to draft a guy by the name of Michael Jeffrey Jordan.