Individual basketball players are highly recognizable and have a greater impact on the game than in any other sport because there are only five players per team on the court. Those factors lead to endless scrutiny of and speculation about NBA superstars and their potential career moves.
For the purposes of this slideshow, a "major NBA superstar" is any player who already is or is capable of being the best player on a championship team.
When predicting what team a player will finish his career with, it is important to consider the individual's history, personality and individual goals. Individuals who have not won a championship are more inclined to change teams in pursuit of one. Those who have played for more than one team are less likely to feel a sense of loyalty to their current franchise.
NBA superstars' egos come into play as well. Some athletes insist on being "the man." Others are primarily concerned with money. Certain players seek the attention and additional activities that come with a big market, while others are content to just play ball.
It is also necessary to take into account the management, direction and location of the player's current team. Does the owner have a history of retaining his stars? Is the team competitive, and does it have the attributes such as high drafts picks, salary cap space or an attractive market to become competitive in the future?