There is no record of any NBA player ever having successfully played out his option, although the discontent among the NBA players has been a matter of public knowledge for years.
Some funny things happened on the way to the greatest dynasty in the history of pro sports.
When superstar Connie Hawkins jumped from the American Basketball Association to the National Basketball Association, it was hailed as a major triumph for The Establishment (NBA) over the Young Rebels (ABA). Actually, it was a strategic move motivated by expediency and economy.
Kennedy’s exit is one of his own volition, declared during the Summer of ‘73 to be executed two years hence.