Following Michael Jordan's decision to pursue a career in baseball, the Chicago Bulls felt as though they needed to use this time to rebuild their team. And their first order of business was getting rid of Scottie Pippen. After shopping him around for a bit, the Bulls found a suitor in the Seattle SuperSonics, who were willing to offer a package deal centered around Shawn Kemp. The Sonics' offer included Kemp, 35-year-old Ricky Pierce and their 1994 No. 11 overall pick for Pippen, Will Perdue and the Bulls' No. 21 pick.
The trade was definitely appealing for Chicago, as Kemp was four years younger than Pippen at the time. But it was then Sonics head coach George Karl who squashed the deal, saying, "I have tremendous respect for Scottie Pippen but I have tremendous respect for Shawn Kemp, too. It's not very often you get the opportunity to talk about a great player," Karl said. "But we think Shawn is a great player, too, and he's going to be a great player for many, many years." While Kemp probably appreciates the vote of confidence at the time, nowadays, he still wishes Karl didn't strike down the deal because then it would Reign Man celebrating a Finals victory in 1996 instead of the other way around.