February 1998: Raptors Trade Damon Stoudamire
After childhood idol and mentor Isiah Thomas departed from the team following a failed ownership coo (more on this shining moment to come), the first-ever Raptor franchise player requests a trade. Humiliating for Raptor fans? Not humiliating enough! replies Glen Grunwald, who subsequently trades Stoudamire for a package “highlighted” by an outraged Kenny Anderson. This marks the first time a Raptor GM has tried to save face by trading a player who would rather not play in the city, for one that would not come at all.
Mighty Mouse would go on to star with his hometown Trailblazers, averaging 14 points, 5 assists, and 1 marijuana-related conviction per season. His post-Raptor career highlight include scoring 54 points in a game against New Orleans, and pissing THC-free urine into a paper cup held by an Oregon reporter. In Portland, Stoudamire found that the grass is indeed greener on the other side.