Owner Robert Sarver (Suns)
In the mid-2000s, the Phoenix Suns were poised to become the NBA's next dynasty with a core of Steve Nash, Amar'e Stoudamire, and Shawn Marion. All the team needed to do was plug in a couple more pieces and they would be unstoppable.
Sarver decided to use the draft to improve ... his wallet. In 2004, the Suns traded the seventh pick (Luol Deng) to the Bulls for Jackson Vroman, cash, and their first-round pick in 2005. They could have gotten Andre Iguodala, who would have meshed perfectly with the 'Seven Seconds or Less Suns.'
In 2006, in a stroke of genius, they picked superstar Rajon Rondo. However, they quickly turned around and traded him to Boston for more cash and a 2007 first-round pick. In 2007, they took Rudy Fernandez, who they quickly turned around and traded to Portland for, yep, you guessed it, more cash. The Suns essentially drafted nobody in the mid 2000s, and their already rich owner got a little bit richer. Predictably, now they are a bad team with no future. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/Matt York)
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