Los Angeles Lakers: Ranking the Five Worst Trades in Team History

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a full-fledged rebuilding stage, and they will have little room for error as they try to compile talent in the upcoming years.

Despite their decorated achievements throughout NBA history, the Lakers have not always made the right decisions when it comes to personnel. A few examples, such shipping off Eddie Jones for Glen Rice or Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, illustrate the occasion lapse in judgement of Lakers brass. This is not to detract from their remarkable success over the years, but it serves as a reminder that a single decision can alter a franchise for years to come.

With that in mind let's take a look at the five worst trades in Lakers history.

While some of these poor decisions were followed ultimately by success, we rank each one by its feasibility at the time and its immediate impact on the team. Trades like Sam Perkins for Benoit Benjamin and Doug Christie in 1993 certainly meet the criteria, but these next five transactions top the list of worst trades in Lakers franchise history.

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