Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets: The 10 Worst Hostage Situations in NBA History

February 13th, 2011 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
Earlier this season, the Orlando Magic traded for Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu in an attempt to help superstar center Dwight Howard collect an NBA championship ring.    

If the Magic fail to win it all or get bounced out of the playoffs early, Howard could become upset this summer and request a trade. 

Orlando would then be forced to accommodate Howard's request since he can get out of his contract and hit the free agent market in 2012.

Magic fans definitely wouldn't want to see their franchise player decide to leave town without compensation like Shaquille O'Neal did back in 1996.

Several players in NBA history have put pressure on the front office to trade them, whether they were tired of their coach, wanted more money or just needed a better opportunity to win a championship.

Here's a look at 10 players who have held their team's hostage.


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