The trade: Rights to No. 13 overall pick in 2001 NBA Draft, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong (HOU) for Eddie Griffin (NJN)

This is a tough one because of the tragic end of Eddie Griffin's life in 2007, and his numerous off-court struggles with addiction. But from a basketball perspective, the Nets completely changed their destiny by making the deal. Jefferson quickly evolved into a 15-20 point per night scorer, and together with Collins helped get the Nets into consecutive NBA Finals during his first two years in the league. The Rockets missed out on a chance to use Jefferson with the dynamic Steve Francis-Cuttino Mobley backcourt, and possibly with No. 1 overall pick Yao Ming as well.

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