Sixers Tried To Trade Dr. J For Jordan?

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  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    Chicago Tribune -
    In an interview for a forthcoming book, Harold Katz, the former Sixers owner, revealed something that he offered Julius Erving, the Hall of Fame forward, to Chicago on the eve of the 1984 draft for the third overall pick, which the Bulls used to select Michael Jordan.

    "I thought I had a deal with Jonathan Kovler (then the principal owner) of the Bulls for the third pick," Katz told Pat Williams, once the Sixers' general manager, in an interview for "Pat Williams' Tales of the 1982-83 76ers."

    Ultimately, Katz said, "Rod Thorn [then the Bulls' general manager] killed that one and took Michael Jordan. I would have made that deal."

    Thorn, now the president of the New Jersey Nets , confirmed to Williams that Kovler approached him about such a deal, and that he rejected it

  2. TDG1987

    TDG1987 Registered Member

    Well obviously that decision worked out well for the Bulls. Dr. J was 34 at the time so I can see why they didn't make that trade. It does make you wonder though...
  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I agree with you, the Bulls did the right thing of not trading him, but I believe that Thorn knew that Michael would be something special, and we all know that he was. But that would of been crazy if MJ played in a Nets uniform, would he have the same success that he did in Chicago?

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