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James Worthy Non-Trade

In General NBA on May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Interesting trade that never happened involving James Worthy – link

Before the 1986 draft, the Lakers, who had just lost to Houston’s Twin Towers — Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson — agreed to trade James Worthy for Aguirre and rising 7-footer Roy Tarpley.

Owner Jerry Buss pulled the trigger, personally, assuming General Manager Jerry West would be OK with it.

When West wasn’t, and in a big way, Buss asked Carter to let him out of the deal, saying he might lose his GM.

Carter, whose duty — to tell his secretary to say he was unavailable forever — was clear, instead said no problem.

Otherwise, there goes Showtime with the Lakers and Celtics tied at three titles each in the ’80s.

The Lakers went on to win two more in 1987 and 1988.

Aguirre’s career cratered. Tarpley’s was truncated by drug problems.

I hadn’t heard that one before.

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