Biggest Traitors in NBA Free Agent History

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Biggest Traitors in NBA Free Agent History
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Free agency drastically changed all sports, and the NBA is no different. Its history has a handful of departures that have caused certain players to be labeled as traitors.

As you will quickly notice, the traitors on this list tend to spurn a small market for a bigger one. The appeal for playing for a big market team is clear, especially in today's NBA where superstars are obsessed with becoming as marketable as possible.

However, leaving a city that has fully embraced them often tends to rub fans across the league the wrong way.  

While Dwight Howard will not appear on this list because he never hit free agency, he is on this list in spirit. If he had decided not to sign away his opt-out option, he would have left the Orlando Magic in free agency if they hadn't traded him. 

The players on this list can take solace in the fact that they all won NBA championships with their new team, but were considered traitors at the time of their defection. 

It should be noted that players on this list earned the right to be unrestricted free agents, thus shouldn't be viewed negatively if they chose to make a decision that is best for them. 

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