Whenever a pro athlete switches teams, whether it's because of a trade or a better offer, it's just the nature of the beast.
Lately, however, fans have failed to acknowledge it's a two-way street. It doesn't matter if owners dictate the circumstances, or if superstars are calling the shots.
Never has there been a more star-studded free-agent class than last summer's, and never have more prominent players been traded in mid-season than last week.
Free agent LeBron James wanted out of Cleveland, and he took his talents to South Beach. Ditto for Toronto's Chris Bosh.
Denver's Carmelo Anthony wanted to be with the New York Knicks, and he is.
Utah's Deron Williams became belligerent, and you can now find him in New Jersey.
The Thunder's Kevin Durant wanted to stay in Oklahoma City, and thank goodness he is.
Thursday's trade deadline was cruel for multiple parties, but such is often the case.
Anthony got his wish, and in the process uprooted the lives of innocent bystanders, including sweetheart teammate Chauncey Billups.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti got brutish center Kendrick Perkins, and now Jeff Green is gone. Also gone are Nenad Krstic, Morris Peterson and D.J. White, and nary a word has been uttered of them ever since.
They had become former Thunder players, and there wasn't a darn thing they could do about it. No final bow. No curtain call. No nothing.