Being in the NBA is always a dream come true for those that find themselves a part of it. And most of the time, players aren’t going to complain about what team they’re on, as long as their playing their game. But sometimes (and more often than you think) there are some guys who just want to be somewhere else.
And while they’d never publicly admit it, IT can be clear in some cases that something just isn’t working out. So, yeah, nobody here has publicly complained about the teams they represent, but these 5 players are almost surely at the top of the list when it comes to wanting out:
5. Greg Monroe
In the case of Greg Monroe, it is pretty obvious this guy isn’t getting the experience he wants up in Milwaukee. The team is pretty bad, the city isn’t particularly high-glamour, and his role is minimal. He went from being the main man in Detroit, to being an afterthought.
The coach is good, yes. The front office seems stable enough, yes. But there doesn’t really seem to be a whole lot to play for. Maybe Monroe is starting to have doubt about the decision he made last summer of going to the Bucks instead of the Knicks or Lakers.
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4. Tyson Chandler
If you told me that Tyson Chandler wouldn’t jump at the chance to join a new team, I’d say you’re lying. Last summer, when LaMarcus Aldridge was a free agent, he thought it would be a good idea to lure LaMarcus into Pheonix by joining them himself and selling LMA on the idea of a good big man duo. That was Chandler’s ultimate dream, him and LaMarcus in the middle, with shooters surrounding them on a top level team.
In reality, LaMarcus wound up in San Antonio and left Tyson with Eric Bledsoe, second-year player Devin Booker, and a destiny for being in the lottery. Tyson can’t help but feel like he’s wasting away his last years, while his former teams (Knicks, Mavs) seem to be in much better positions.
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3. Jahlil Okafor
It should be noted that Okafor said publicly he likes being in Philly. But how well can we really trust that? I mean, let’s look at the facts here folks. First of all, the team is in a losing situation that Okafor wasn’t used to in college. Losing sucks, it can drain on a player physically and mentally. Secondly (and maybe most importantly), he has to play behind Joel Embiid.
Remember when Embiid was getting MVP chants when he went to the free throw line in the 76ers first game of the season? Jahlil NEVER got that, and now with Joel getting all the spotlight, there doesn’t seem to enough from for the two of them.
2. Anthony Davis
Just to clarify, I know he signed a max contract with the Pels just a few months ago. However, who in their right minds could have guessed the team would be THIS bad? Davis is quite literally the only bright spot for this lackluster team. While he had another record-breaking performance, his team racked up yet another loss.
What is more heartbreaking than doing everything you physically and mentally can in a game, and still lose? When Davis signed that extension, I think he believed the Pelicans would get healthy and make some moves to contend for the playoffs like they did a few seasons ago. That is clearly just a dream now.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
Nothing hurts more than losing. But disorganization is no walk in the park, either. The Kings front office just can’t seem to get it right. Whether it’s with the coaches or with the players, there seems to be a never-ending black hole when it comes to the Kings management. The worst part for Cousins is that there’s nothing he can do about it.
His prime years are coming, only to be wasted away by another losing season with Sacramento. For Cousins, it must be really downing to watch his team do nothing each post-season. It might not change anytime soon, either.