Most fans have experienced the nightmare of their franchise player demanding a trade at one point or another, and to those who haven't, I truly hope you never do.
It's a tough pill to swallow when you wake up to read the news that your most talented and beloved star wants to "take his talents" elsewhere, and leave your team in his rear-view. Still, this being a business, it happens almost every year.
Some players want to live in a more glamorous part of the country, some want to play for a title contender before their prime window closes, and others just want to move teams to get a larger contract. Whatever the reason is, the goal is the same. They want out. What some fail to realize however, is that much more is affected than just the one player who demanded a trade. Depending on if the trade demand is actually honored or not, it could change the fortune of a player, his team mates, the team itself, and even the city the team plays in. Just look at what Lebron leaving did to Cleveland. I mean really, the economy was practically based on him.
Throughout the NBA's rich history, there have been numerous trade demands that proved devastating for either the franchise, or the player that demanded the trade. Teams fortunes have changed on a dime many a time due to the departure, or arrival of a superstar who demanded a trade.
The following is a list that I've compiled of some of the NBA's most devastating trade demands in memory, and what resulted from the demands being honored, or refused.