Michael Jordan is the only player Jerry Reinsdorf would not trade.
The Chicago White Sox chairman, who also owns the Chicago Bulls, was speaking amidst speculation that the baseball team could let left-handed pitcher Chris Sale leave the ball club.
Reinsdorf, who has seen and done it all for over three decades, didn’t dismiss the idea completely, but admitted it would be a surprise if the player was traded.
Indeed, the 77-year-old said anyone could be traded – apart from Jordan.
“I only had one player in my 33 years of sports that couldn’t be traded, and he wore number 23, and 45 when he played baseball,” Reinsdorf said of Michael Jordan, according to the Tribune.
“I’ve never had another player that couldn’t be traded, so I can’t tell you that when I see (general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Kenny Williams) today that they don’t tell me they want to trade him, but I’d be very surprised.”
Jordan was selected third overall in the 1984 draft by the Bulls, and spent nine-years with the team before announcing his first retirement and a stint in baseball.
He returned to the court in 1995, and led the Bulls to a second three-peat before calling time on his career once again.
However, the two-year spell on the sidelines was ended in 2001, when Jordan shocked the world and suited up for the Washington Wizards.
He spent two seasons in the capital, before ending his career for the third and final time on April 16th, 2003.
The former North Carolina college star was never traded during an incredible career.