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20 NBA Legends Who Finished Careers with a Different Team
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Most fans associate Michael Jordan with the Bulls, but he didn't end his career on that team.

It's nice to envision your favorite NBA player being drafted by your favorite team, having a fantastic career filled with personal awards, and team success, and then retiring in that same uniform. Sort of walking off into the sunset like a hero in a movie. 

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, all three men did that in their own unique ways. 

It doesn't happen very often, though. 

Due to free agency, team chemistry, money, or just a visceral difference of opinion on when an individual's time to retire is upon them, many great NBA players don't end their careers with the team they established themselves as superstars on.

If you're an Oklahoma City Thunder fan it's probably best to come to terms with the fact that yes, the Thunder look poised to go on a run in which they dominate the league.

That probably won't prevent one or even two out of Durant, Westbrook and Harden from eventually departing the team for another organization.

That's just how things tend to work out in the NBA. Don't be upset, though, there's a long list of players who became legends in one uniform but ended their careers in another. Here are 20 of them.  

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