11 NBA Stars Who Shocked Fans By Switching Teams

2. Gilbert Arenas signs with the Washington Wizards (2003)

Gilbert Arenas signs with the Wizards
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It’s no surprise that the free agency move by the mercurial Gilbert Arenas caused enough rancor that it eventually spawned its own rule (now known as “The Gilbert Arenas rule”). Coming off winning the NBA’s “Most Improved Player Award” in his second season in the league, Arenas left the Golden State Warriors and signed a six year, $60 million contract with the Washington Wizards. According to Arenas, he allegedly made his decision between Washington, the Los Angeles Clippers, or returning to Golden State, by flipping a coin. As crazy as that sounds, considering his track record, it wouldn’t be surprising if it were true. Arenas became a three-time All Star and was voted to the All-NBA Second Team in 2007.

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