In the NBA there are always players that want to move teams, whether it be to move home, change of scenery, or in a superstar’s case, move off a non-competing team. Here are 4 players that want to change teams.
Melo has given his all to the Knicks but lately, Phil Jackson has made constant attacks against Melo, calling into questions his commitment, his play style and his personality. Melo loves New York but is becoming fed up with Phil Jackson and his antics.
Melo has been rumored to have a list of 4-5 teams that he would waive his no-trade clause for. It remains to be seen if Melo will leave. He would like to stay in New York but if Phil Jackson stays then I don’t see Melo staying there past the summer.
There have been rumblings and rumors that Paul George in no longer happy in Indiana and may be looking for a change. The Pacers have fallen from one being one of the best teams in the East to becoming one of the teams struggling to make it into the top 8. While this drop off for the Pacers could be credited to George suffering his horrendous leg injury, there is no doubt that the Pacers are no longer a powerhouse. Add in the fact that George has being reported that he is unhappy with some of Larry Bird's actions lately, it all points to the exit. There have been trade rumors swirling for George but the Pacers wanted a king’s ransom for him, which seems unlikely. So people have turned to free agency when he can opt out at the end of next season.
There are rumors swirling that even if he gets traded he may want to head home to LA and play for the Lakers now that Magic is in charge and be the face or one of the faces of the new-look Lakers. This will be very interesting to see what happens over the summer and into the next trade deadline with George if he still doesn’t sign an extension.
Butler has turned into an absolute superstar this year averaging careers high's in points, rebounds and assists. He and Dwayne Wade are carrying the Bulls franchise at the moment. In the summer when Wade and Rondo were signed, we all knew that there would be a spacing problem, and lo and behold, there is a huge spacing problem. Add in that Butler has called into question his teammates work ethic and effort in games, and there are also rumors that the board and head coach are at odds with Butler. Butler also had an issue with Wade earlier in the year when he didn’t have his back in a push and shove with Jae Crowder.
Now add in the fact they traded Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, it puts the Bulls in a half rebuilding mode, half-win now mode and really puts the future of the franchise in limbo. If this doesn’t make Butler want to leave the Windy city, and if Wade opts out of his contract in the summer which is a possibility, then it's all over and Butler will push to get out of that situation.
There is no doubt that Rondo is no longer his former self. He still is a great passer and a great driver of the ball but his ability to be a walking double-double or even triple-double is long gone. He went to Chicago with Wade, building their own weird version of a big 3 at the hope of somewhat being able to reinvent his career. At times, Rondo has shown glimpses of his old self, but he has never reached his old potential. It was always going to be a problem with Wade and Butler, being they all have a similar style of game. Add in the fact that he was one of the players that Butler and Wade called out for not showing work ethic or effort in games and then engaging in an Instagram feud with Wade, all things are headed for Rondo to be leaving at the end of the year.
Rondo signed a two-year deal, with the second year only being partially guaranteed. So don’t be surprised if Rondo is waived before 6/30/17, where he is only guaranteed $3 million. The other option is using him as trade bait for some trades over the summer. Out of all the players on this list, Rondo is the most likely to leave.