It’s a very common thing to find NBA players unhappy with situations they’re in. In some cases, athletes get signed to rebuild or complete a championship roster. Sometimes, the main objective of the trade somehow gets dissolved ultimately forcing players to quit the team. For example, Damian Lillard’s stint with the Portland Trail Blazers or Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards.
Some players wait until the end of their contract to explore free agency. But older players are the ones who force trades to better teams or contracts to get the best before retirement. There is another instance when both, the player and the team mutually part ways. Ultimately it all boils down to finding possible trade destinations and scenarios. During free agency, players get to choose between destinations but it’s different with a forced trade.
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) June 18, 2023
Franchises often look forward to what’s best for them. However, teams rarely offer a No-Trade Clause to their players. In this case, the NBA athletes are allowed to veto any trade scenario that they’re involved in. In order words, they can reject any trade that their team is looking forward to if they don’t feel it’s ideal for them. This unique option is rarely handed out to players and only ten individuals have signed contracts with No-Trade Clause in the history of the league.
Who is the only NBA player to have a No-Trade Clause?
Bradley Beal is the only player in the NBA who has a No-Trade Clause. He is the only player in the league who has a full-fledged No-Trade Clause included in his contract. Many other players have a limited No-Trade Clause which restricts them to only approving trades. Before the start of last season, Beal declined his player option and was ultimately given a five-year $251 million deal.
BREAKING: Bradley Beal (no trade clause) and the Wizards will work together to find a trade partner if the Wizards end up rebuilding their roster per @ShamsCharania @JoshuaBRobbins pic.twitter.com/M744ImcTqA
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According to CBS Sports, the Wizards owner gave the No-Trade Clause to Beal as both parties had a mutual interest in working together. This has since backfired on the Wizards as their lack of success forced Beal out of the team. The former All-Star is now with the Pheonix Suns, joining forces with Kevin Durant and Devin Booker.
As mentioned earlier, only ten players have ever signed a No-Trade Clause in the NBA. Among them were LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Kobe Bryant. The most interesting one was Kobe’s deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. LA was planning to trade the 5x NBA Champion to the Chicago Bulls. However, he rejected a trade that would’ve changed the course of history.