Glen Grundwald’s 2001 grand move backfires
Grunwald then reassembled the cast of characters that created a successful 47-35 season in 2000-01 by re-signing Vince Carter, Jerome Williams, Antonio Davis, and Alvin Williams. However, realizing that Davis excelled as an undersized power forward playing center, Grunwald had a grand plan to put the Toronto Raptors franchise over the top in 2001-02.
Grunwald sent a first and second-round pick to the Houston Rockets to make the dream of moving the Raptors into elite status for the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon. Olajuwon would eventually become a Hall-of-Fame center, but Grunwald’s grand plan came at the wrong time. “The Dream” had managed to play only 199 games the previous four seasons and was 38 years old when the Raptors’ general manager signed off on this trade.
Olajuwon would play 61 regular-season games in his final year for Toronto in 2001-02, averaging just 7.1 points a game despite playing in all five 2002 playoff games against Detroit, a series Toronto would lose. Grunwald’s dream turned into a nightmare in less than a season.