3. Trading for Kwame Brown
Kwame James Brown. The name reeks of under-performance. Despite being widely regarded as the biggest bust in NBA Draft history, the Lakers took a chance on Brown when they traded Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins for him and Laron Profit in August 2005. In the subsequent three seasons that Brown spent with the Lakers he averaged seven points and six boards per game. His rap sheet during that time period was a bit more noteworthy. There was a sexual assault accusation, the cake incident, and a disorderly conduct charge. Still don't believe acquiring Kwame was one of the biggest Laker fails of all time? This classic tale from Kobe Bryant might convince you.