Fantasy Draft: 9 Players Who Almost Joined Another Team


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If you’re a sports fans, then you most likely caught wind of that interesting story regarding the Philadelphia Eagles getting very close to landing Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson. If not, here’s a brief recap. San Fran was finally content with Alex Smith and they were willing to trade Kap to Philly for a second-round pick. The trade didn’t happen because Philly decided to draft Wilson instead during the 2012 NFL Draft. Of course, Seattle swooped in and took Wilson off the board.

It’s a fun scenario to discuss what would have happened if the Eagles were able to grab either QB. Maybe Andy Reid would still be in Philly. Perhaps the Eagles would have remained Super Bowl contenders in the NFC. Then again, maybe Kap or Wilson would have floundered in Philly because the system and personal wouldn’t suit their skills.

But, this isn’t the first time that a potential game-changing move could have altered the sports world. Here’s a look at nine other hypothetical situations involving players that almost joined a new squad. If any of these moves happened, things would be incredibly different.

9. Steve Young on the Cardinals, Packers, or Raiders


Steve Young has an interesting journey before becoming a Super Bowl MVP. Tampa sent Young to the 49ers in 1987 after drafting Vinny Testaverde. Since San Fran had this guy named Joe Montana, they listened to offers from Arizona and Green Bay. Obviously, those deals fell through. In 1992, the Raiders were willing to send their first and second round selections and WR Tim Brown for Young. Two years later, Steve Young took the Niners to the Super Bowl.

8. Tim Duncan on the Orlando Magic


The Magic almost took Tim Duncan prior to the 2000-01 season. Orlando offered Duncan a six-year $67.5 million deal. Even crazier than catching Duncan wearing something other than a Spurs uniform would have been that he would have been on the same team with Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady.

7. Alex Rodriquez on the Boston Red Sox


Before going to the Yanks, A-Rod almost went to their bitter rivals for Manny Ramirez in 2003. The MLBPA blocked the trade because A-Rod wanted to restructure his contract for less money so that he could go to a contender. One year later, Boston won the World Series.

6. Justin Verlander and Curtis Granderson on the Miami Marlins


In 2005, Dontrelle Willis had a stellar season for Miami. It was such a great season that Detroit was willing to send a couple of guys named Justin Verlander and Curtis Granderson down to Florida for Willis. If that happened, the Marlins could have become the team to beat in the NL East. But, they probably would have traded these players anyway, so it probably worked out for the best.

5. Kobe Bryant on the Chicago Bulls


Back in 2007, Kobe wanted to leave LA for Chicago. And, the Bulls obviously wanted Kobe. The hold-up was that the Lakers weren’t going to just let Kobe leave for nothing. If they were going to make a deal, the Lakers would gut the team in exchange for Kobe, which would have left Kobe without any back-up. Instead, the two side kissed and made-up.

4. Miguel Cabrera on the St. Louis Cardinals


Back in 2007, a trade that would have sent Cabrera to St. Louis for Jaime Garcia and Colby Rasmus almost happened. Just think what that would have done to the MLB power structure? Detroit probably wouldn’t have become so dominant and St. Louis could have been one of the nastiest teams ever.

3. John Elway on the Chargers, Raiders, or Cowboys


It’s hard to imagine John Elway not being involved with any other team except the Denver Broncos. But, there was a chance that Elway could have played for a number of other teams. Prior to the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway informed the Colts, who had the first overall pick, not to draft him because he wanted to play on the West Coast. If Baltimore selected him, he would leave football and play baseball instead. What followed were a number of trade offers sent out by the Chargers, Raiders and Cowboys. In the end, however, Denver snagged the future Hall of Famer.

2. Gordie Howe on the New York Rangers


Gordie Howe is one of the greatest players to lace-up a pair of skates and he almost did it for the New York Rangers. It’s been said that after New York scouted the 15-year-old Howe they wanted him to play in the Big Apple. Between being homesick and intimated, Howe didn’t do so well and had a bad experience in New York. The Red Wings came in and made conditions better for the future-legend. And, that’s how Detroit landed Mr. Hockey.

1. Michael Jordan on the Houston Rockets


It’s well-known folklore that the Portland Trail Blazers had a chance to draft MJ in the 1984 NBA draft. But, there were discussions between Portland and Houston that would have sent 1983 Rookie of the Year Ralph Sampson to the Blazers in exchange for the second-overall pick. If that went down, Houston would have drafted Hakeem Olajuwon and possibly MJ in the same draft. That would have been a dominant team.

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