Memphis Grizzlies — Trading for Otis Thorpe
This trade would go on to alter the future of the Memphis Grizzlies’ franchise, and not in a good way. Before the 1997-1998 season started, the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Otis Thorpe from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a future first round pick.
The Pistons ended up cashing in on that pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, as the pick was only protected if it ended up being the #1 overall pick.
Unfortunately, the pick ended up being the #2 overall pick, which means Memphis had to give the pick to Detroit. Rather ironically, the Pistons used that pick on Darko Miličić, arguably one of the three biggest draft-night mistakes in NBA history.