15 NBA Players Who Need A Change Of Scenery
15 NBA Players Who Need A Change Of Scenery
In the NBA, players are more often than not disgruntled on the teams that they currently play for. Whether its the bench player who feels he's better than the starter, or a well-known player getting lowballed by the organization, not every player is happy with their current situation. While there are some players who do not like change, a change of scenery is just what most need.
From going to the bench to being booed by the hometown fans, some players just need a new team in order to revive their stagnant careers. When they arrived at their respective organizations, they were seen as godsends and the ones who could vault that team to the championship hunt; but after some good times, things went sour and they are now seen as public enemy No. 1.
While a change of scenery is good for some, it can be bad for others. Some players who think that they are unappreciated in their original city go to another hoping to make things better, but sometimes they become even more disappointed. Despite the fact that the NBA trade deadline has been long over, these 15 players have the impending offseason and free agency period to show their current teams that they no longer want to be a part of that particular organization.
Here are 15 of the better known NBA players who can benefit from a change of scenery.
15. Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has turned into a malcontent after being a dominant defensive presence early on. This talented center must go not only to get his career on track, but to grow up as well.
14. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
While Carmelo Anthony has bore the brunt of the blame for what has happened this year in New York, not everything is his fault. With Anthony becoming a free agent this summer, the former Syracuse star needs to leave the Big Apple if he wants any chance to win a championship.
13. J.R. Smith, New York Knicks
Maybe the Knick who needs to go the most is J.R. Smith. Smith's antics this year has made it very clear that he doesn't want to be there. He needs a new start and lots of help to get his troubled career back on track.
12. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Forward Kevin Love has played at an All-Star level for the past few seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he hasn't had much help around him. With Love set to become a free agent next year, he will have to get out of Minnesota to be on a winning team.
11. Raymond Felton, New York Knicks
Guard Raymond Felton, yet another Knick, would benefit greatly from a change of scenery. With his career and his life in a downward spiral in New York, Felton needs to get out not just for basketball reasons, but to get his life back on track.
10. O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks signed O.J. Mayo to be one of the main pieces who could turn the Bucks into playoff contenders. What Mayo was instead was another piece on a team that went in the tank. For Mayo to play on a contender, he needs to leave Milwaukee.
9. Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson is unfortunately on a team that is several years away from seriously contending for the playoffs. For the Magic to continue their rebuilding plan and for Nelson to finish his career out strong, he has to find a way out of Orlando.
8. Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers
After big expectations, Cleveland guard Dion Waiters has been involved in a feud between himself and Kyrie Irving. With the organization clearly leaning towards Irving, Waiters has to get his career on track by getting out of Cleveland.
7. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
In order for DeMarcus Cousins to be associated with a winner, he has to find a good team where he can be a complementary player rather than the number one player. With Cousins not mature enough to handle being a franchise player, the big man needs to grow up and the Sacramento Kings need to move on from him.
6. Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets
After Jeremy Lin signed with the Houston Rockets, everyone thought that the Lin that starred in New York would be the same in Houston. Instead, the Rockets have been better without Lin, and for him to get back to where he was in New York, he needs to find a team that needs a point guard.
5. Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City Thunder
The only missing ingredient for the Oklahoma City Thunder is a two-way center. While Kendrick Perkins is a great defensive player, the Thunder need an offensive presence in the paint, and Perkins needs to go to a team that needs just a defensive-minded center.
4. Omer Asik, Houston Rockets
With the Houston Rockets bringing in Dwight Howard this past offseason, Omer Asik felt disrespected. Asik wanted out after being demoted to a backup, but the Rockets failed to trade him. If Asik wants to be a starter, he will have to leave Houston.
3. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
With Pau Gasol constantly in trade talks, now would be the time for Gasol and the Lakers to part ways. While Gasol had a good time in Los Angeles, he needs to find a contender where he can be a minor producer and not the center of attention.
2. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo are starting to slowly part from each other. With Rondo being a locker room cancer this year, the Celtics have no other choice than to get rid of Rondo.
1. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls
With the Chicago Bulls not getting an equal return on their investment of Carlos Boozer, most of the blame for the Bulls' offensive woes have gone to Boozer. With the Bulls liking backup Taj Gibson more than Boozer, now is the time for him to find another team who will appreciate his services.