All-Time Worst 10 Milwaukee Bucks Trades

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2. Dave Cowens acquired from Boston for Quinn Buckner

Quinn Buckner was a defensive-minded point guard who gave the Bucks some very solid seasons, until he was traded for eight-time All-Star Dave Cowens. So what’s the problem with this trade?

Cowens was retired when the Bucks traded for him. Not for a few weeks, or a month. Cowens sat out two seasons before somehow being traded from the Celtics to the Bucks for Buckner.

Former teammate Don Nelson apparently convinced Cowens to un-retire, but Boston somehow still held his rights. So the Bucks gave away Buckner for a retired guy who played (predictably) like an old, recently un-retired player.

Cowens played just 40 uninspiring games in 1983 for the Bucks, then re-retired. I’m not sure why Milwaukee would ever consider giving up a player who just started 70 games for a guy who hasn’t played a single NBA minute in two years, but they did.

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