5: Taking Kevin McHale’s side and dumping Kyle Lowry
The Houston Rockets acquired Kyle Lowry at the trade deadline in the 2008-09 season to help power a deep playoff run. Lowry was brought in to bring a stronger presence at point guard to help attack the basket and distribute the ball to Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.
Lowry went on to play four more seasons in Houston were he really took his game to the next level from what it was in Memphis. He was scoring more points, dishing out more assists, grabbing more rebounds, and collecting more steals. He was morphing into a very high-level point guard.
Unfortunately, things got rocky between Lowry and head coach Kevin McHale and after his third full season as a member of the Houston Rockets, the team took their coach’s side of the disagreement and shipped Lowry off to Canada for a player that never played a minute in Houston and a first round pick.
Now, the organization has watched Lowry go on to truly become one of the best point guards in the entire league. He has now made five consecutive All-Star games and turned Toronto into a consistent winner.
However, there is one silver lining to this, I guess. The first round pick that the Rockets landed from the Raptors was subsequently flipped to the Thunder later on for a guy you may very well know, James Harden. So, maybe this one didn’t turn out so bad after all…