James Harden moved heaven and earth to get his move away from the Houston Rockets, eventually signing for the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the 2021 season.
The former MVP left the Rockets in controversial circumstances, badmouthing the standard of the team before his exit.
His departure in pursuit of chances of winning things has drawn plenty of criticism, with many Rockets followers left with a bitter taste in their mouths.
It’s not the first time a player in the NBA has been villainised for switching teams.
LeBron hasn’t always been popular in the NBA, having switched allegiances a couple of times earlier on in his career. In 2010, he left his local team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the Miami Heat, only to move back the other way four years later.
Fans of the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t forgive Leonard for his decision to move to the Toronto Raptors in 2018, even blaming his injury as a way to force an exit from the Spurs. The likes of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker also came out to criticise him.
Durant broke Oklahoma City Thunder hearts when he announced he was leaving to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016. His No.35 jersey was burnt across the city as Thunders fans came to terms with the loss of their big star.