Last week we asked for nominations for the greatest trade ever made by the Portland Trail Blazers, in preparation for tomorrows SBN-NBA league-wide piece on that subject. We got some great suggestions and today you get to vote on the winner. As with last week's topic, we will weight the comment section more heavily than the poll. The latter will be used only to break a virtual tie among comments. Scan these trades, pick your winner, and tell us in the comments why it's your selection and why it should be dubbed the greatest trade ever for the Portland Trail Blazers.
The candidates are...
- August 5th, 1976: The Blazers trade a hobbled Geoff Petrie and Steve Hawes to the Atlanta Hawks for the second pick in that year's ABA Dispersal Draft, Maurice Lucas.
- June 24th, 1989: The Blazers trade a newly-recovered Sam Bowie and a 1989 1st round draft pick (which became Mookie Blaylock) to the New Jersey Nets for Buck Williams.
- July 15th, 1996: The Blazers trade a chronically disappointing Harvey Grant and point guard Rod Strickland to the Washington Bullets for Rasheed Wallace and Mitchell Butler.
- October 2nd, 1999: The Blazers trade Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw, and Walt Williams to the Houston Rockets for Scottie Pippen.
- June 28th, 2006: After a few draft-day juggling tricks, losing Theo Ratliff and Sebastian Telfair in the process, the Blazers end up trading Randy Foye to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brandon Roy.
Pick your favorite and vote below!