The Orlando Magic Trade Away Tracy McGrady (2004)
After the Orlando Magic failed to create the NBA’s first super-team assembled in free agency, they were stuck with Tracy McGrady being their lone star, thanks to Grant Hill’s prolonged injury issues. McGrady became a true NBA superstar while in Orlando, being named All-NBA First-Team in 2002 and 2003.
But McGrady began clashing with then-Magic General Manager John Weisbrod, and the latter traded the former to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, and Kelvin Cato. After making the playoffs in three of the four seasons McGrady was in Orlando, the Magic failed to make the playoffs the next two seasons without McGrady.