Back in the day players would play for the team that they were drafted to for their entire careers. All superstars stayed on their respected teams for the most part, and there was no big changes that happened in off season back in the day. Now-a-days superstars don't stay with their current teams, and leave to try and win championships. This creates what is known today as "super teams" and players want to play with their friends rather than stay with the franchise that brought them into the league.
Big names Like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, and many more have all left the team that drafted them, to go join a quote on quote "super team". Others like Carmelo Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins, and others were traded due to not being happy with the franchise that they were playing with for the majority of their career. Then there are other names who have been on their current team, and most likely won't end their career on their current team. Many players that look to be getting a max contract look to be on the move to finding their new home, and hopefully it will be the team that they finish their career with.
Players now-a-days for the majority care about winning a ring, there are others care about being loyal to a franchise, and others want to be able to play for their hometown franchise. Every player has a different approach on how they look at free agency, and there are many different paths that every player can go. With that being said here are the 15 NBA players that will not finish their career on their current team.
15 Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday is set to become a free agent this summer, and looks like for the most part that he will not be playing for the New Orleans Pelicans not only next season, but for the remainder of Holiday's career. Holiday who is 26 years old, and will be 27 by the beginning of the 2017-18 season is entering the prime of his career and should be looking for either a ring or a home in which can help him stay healthy. Jrue has struggled to play a full season while in his four seasons in New Orleans, and it feels like Holiday is always injured now-a-days.
A fresh start could do wonders for Jrue Holiday, especially on a team that truly needs him to be one of the better players on the team. In eight years in the league Holiday is averaging 14.3 PPG, while adding 3.6 RPG, and 6.2 APG. Those numbers are the type of point guard that teams desperately need, and look for him to finish his career somewhere besides New Orleans.
14 Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic in the off season, and then at the trade deadline he was dealt to the Toronto Raptors. Ibaka has not found a home outside of Oklahoma City so far, and it does not look like Toronto is going to be the home for the remainder of his career. Toronto seemed like and interesting fit for him when he first came to the Raptors, but after seeing him play with the Raptors it is hard to say that Ibaka could fit in their long-term plans.
Ibaka is going to look for close to a max deal, and I just don't see him getting it in Toronto. Look for Ibaka to find his home for the rest of his career in the offseason, but from the looks of things it will not be in Toronto.
13 Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard has been labeled one of the biggest "cry-babies" that has been in the NBA for quite some time. Howard has played for Orlando, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston, and currently plays for Atlanta. He has complained about one thing after another since his time in Orlando was coming to an end, and he has not had anything go his way since he made the NBA Finals when he was in Orlando in 2009.
Howard in his 13 year career has averaged a double double every single year, which is very impressive to do that not only for 13 years, but to do it with four different teams. It took till the end of the season for Dwight to complain about his role with the Hawks and don't be surprised if Howard plays for another team or two to finish his career. Dwight Howard is a free agent in 2019, and definitely will not play for the Hawks for the rest of his career.
12 Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris has been playing exceptional basketball since being traded from Milwaukee to Orlando in 2012. Harris has earned himself a good size contract, and has been playing up to that contract since he started getting that money in 2015. He was then traded to the Pistons and has still been playing exceptionally well. In 2016-17 Harris played in all 82 games for the first time in his young career, and he averaged 16.1 PPG, and added 5.1 RPG.
With Harris only being 24 years old and has two years left on his current contract, he looks to be poised to not only get paid after the 2018-2019 season, but he will look to get another home that is not in Detroit. Harris only started in 48 out of the 82 games in which he played in, and that definitely did not sit well with him. Harris can be a starting small forward/power forward in the league, and look for him to find that role for the remainder of his career elsewhere.
11 Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe has two years left on his current deal with the Phoenix Suns, and it is tough to believe that he will finish his career in Phoenix. Bledsoe will be 29 years old when he is free agent in 2019, and is an interesting fit for many teams. He has improved his scoring in each of the last two seasons, but has struggled to be healthy for a full season. That being said Phoenix just looks like they don't have what it takes to be contenders year after year, and Bledsoe would like to win a championship before his career is over.
If Eric Bledsoe wants a championship ring he will look elsewhere after the 2018-19 season, but if he wants money he most likely will go anywhere but Phoenix as well. Bledsoe is a big time player and has shown that he is a talented player in this league, he will need to prove that he is worth the big money when the playoffs are on the line which will not happen while he is in Phoenix.
10 Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks have not been the successful together. Monroe played in 81 games a season ago, and did not start a single one. That is sitting in the back of Monroe's mind and having him think that he can be a starter on another team. Monroe has a player option which he will most likely opt out of and test free agency. The last time that Monroe was a free agent, he did not sign with the best team for him playing wise.
Greg Monroe will look to move to a team that he will start for in 2017-18, and it will not be in Milwaukee. With that being said it will be interesting to see where Monroe decides to take his talents next, because he is a talented big and can play at a high level in the NBA.
9 Karl-Anthony Towns
One of the best young players in the NBA today is none other than Karl-Anthony Towns. He has dominated since he entered the league in 2015, and has the numbers to prove that claim. In two full seasons in which he has played in all 82 games Towns has averaged 21.7 PPG, while adding 11.4 RPG. Those are insane numbers for a player that is only 20 years old, and he still has not entered the prime of his career.
Towns playing in the small market of Minnesota is a good, and bad thing for him. It is good because he is the face of the franchise and is getting all of the praise that he deserves, and it is bad because he has not been anywhere close to the playoffs yet in his young career. With that being said Towns will be a restricted free agent in 2019, and you would have to think that the Timberwolves will have to sign him for whatever anybody else wants to sign him for, but don't believe that he will be in Minnesota for the rest of his career.
8 Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis has been one of the better players to come out of the 2015 NBA Draft, and has the potential to be the face of a franchise throughout his whole career. Porzingis has played in two seasons so far and is averaging 16.1 PPG, and is adding 7.3 RPG to go along with it. He skipped out on his exit interview at the end of the 2016-2017 season, and is definitely not happy with the front office. Porzingis is set to be a restricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, and the Knicks look like they will definitely sign him for whatever the qualifying offer is.
With that being said Porzingis likes it in New York, but he is upset at the talent around him and the front office. Unless the Knicks put some talent around Porzingis don't be surprised if he finishes his career somewhere else besides New York.
7 Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay has been a consistent player since he entered the league in 2006. Gay has played for Memphis, Toronto, and Sacramento, and has not found a good fit for him to play in since he was in Memphis. In his 11 year career Gay has averaged 18.4 PPG, while adding 5.9 RPG which are very solid numbers for a starting small forward. He has struggled to stay healthy since the 2009-10 season and has no played in more than 76 games since.
He was the face of the Memphis Grizzlies when he was playing in Memphis, and still has the potential to be the face of a franchise. Rudy Gay needs to find himself a situation that will work out for him long-term. With Gay only being 30 years old he still has plenty of time left in the NBA, and with him opting out of his player option look for Gay to be in a different uniform next season.
6 DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins has been one of the better players since entering the league in 2010. Cousins has been in the league for seven seasons, and it looks like he has been getting better and better every year. He has been the face of the Sacramento Kings franchise for the majority of his career, and around the trade deadline he was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans to play alongside Anthony Davis.
Cousins has averaged a double double in five out of his seven seasons in the league including four straight years. His career averages are 21.2 PPG, and adds 10.8 RPG to go along with it. With Cousins poised to be a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season, if this year doesn't result in a playoff appearance for "Boogie" then he will take his talent to another team that will help him make the playoffs for the first time in his career.
5 Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez has been an all-around talent for the Brooklyn Nets since he was drafted in 2008. Lopez is set to be a free agent in 2018, and has been apart of the rise and falling of the Brooklyn Nets. We know that the Nets went all in by trading away their future, for a run at a potential championship. That championship did not occur during that time and the Nets' future has been terrible since the demise of that team.
He has been their for it all and will look to get out of Brooklyn the first opportunity that he gets which is the 2018 free agency. Lopez has put up solid numbers in his career so far and the numbers help that argument. In his nine year career he is averaging, 18.6 PPG, and added 7.1 RPG to go along with it. The Nets don't have control of their first round pick next season and they will not have the face of their franchise after 2018.
4 Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap is a former second round pick in 2006, and he has been one of the better second round picks in NBA history. Millsap is poised to be a max free agent this summer, and will be able to sign wherever he well chooses to. Most likely it will be somewhere that is not Atlanta, due to the fact that there are several teams that could be better fits for Paul Millsap that is not the Hawks. He has been one of the better players for not only the Hawks, but for the Eastern Conference as well.
Millsap has the ability to lead a team to the playoffs, but he is going to need the help of other superstars to help become a title contender. Look for Millsap to be in another uniform in 2017-18, and to end his career with another team that is not the Atlanta Hawks.
3 Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler has improved his game year after year since entering the league in 2011. Unfortunately for Butler he has not had success in the post season recently due to the lack of talent surrounding him, and he needs that talent to help take his game to the next level. Butler has been one of the top twenty players in the league, and is in the prime of his career.
He is poised to be a free agent after the 2019-20 season, but he also has a player option that he can opt out of after the 2018-19 season. Butler's name has been in more trade talks over the past two seasons, than I can count and he is potentially on the move from Chicago some time soon. Look for Butler to end his career in a different uniform than he is in for the upcoming season.
2 Kevin Durant
A year ago Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder who he played 10 incredible seasons with to join the Golden State Warriors. Durant has been one of the top five players in the NBA over the past five seasons, and he joined a team which he could not beat in order to achieve the one thing he has yet to do in the NBA and that is win an NBA Championship. Kevin Durant has been a solid asset for the Warriors who have made their third straight NBA Finals, but he also has a player option after this season which he most likely will opt out of.
If Durant wins the title, he does not go back to Golden State in my opinion, but if he does not win the title he will go back to Golden State to try and take another shot at the title. Other than that there is no way that Durant finishes his career in Golden State as a Golden State Warrior.
1 Paul George
Paul George has been the Indiana Pacers franchise since 2012, and unfortunately has not had success recently in Indiana. They have made the post season, but they have not made it out of the first round since the 2013-2014 season. Paul George has been linked to trade rumors that are starting to make people believe that he wants out of Indiana. He has a player option after next season, and I can't see why he won't opt out of it.
George has been one of the better players when healthy and has the potential to help lead a team to the NBA Finals. The seven year veteran has been to the Eastern Conference Finals before, and has plenty of prime years left in him. Paul George will not end his career with the Indiana Pacers whether they trade him or if he leaves via free agency.