I never understood this....if a player signs a contract, wasn't he suppose to fulfill that contract? How can the team management bend over for player requests to trade? I never understood part of the n't it up to to the team to decide when to trade.
As long as player is honoring contract while requesting trade its up to the team to decide if they need to honor that request. If player refuses to play that's another story.
NBA seems to be fairly common for players to demand trades, but rare for teams to bend over and take less than full value for them. Some examples I remember: Dwight Howard kept going back and forth between wanting to stay in Orlando and wanting out. The Magic screwed themselves by sticking with such a weirdo. Kyrie Irving was just the Cavs panicking and being foolish giving him away for virtually nothing. Spurs did fine with Kawhi Leonard, they were willing to not trade him, but ended up with four years of an All-Star instead of one year with an MVP candidate. Anthony Davis didn't demand a trade so much as let the team know he was gone; Pelicans ended up ok with the trade, would have been better if Kouzma was included, but whatever. Jimmy Butler is just a headcase and neither Chicago, nor Minnesota would be better off if he wasn't traded. Don't know the behind the scenes stuff with Paul George, but his first trade from Indiana was simply him not wanting to re-sign, so just a matter of get something instead of nothing. The trade from OKC was mostly a matter of the Clippers making an offer too good to pass up.
*I asked google for some other examples. Any Marlins player in recent years has wanted out. But the team has been more than willing to give up anyone they would have to pay. Kobe Bryant demanded out of LA after they were swept out of the first round with no help. They didn't give in to his demands and won a couple more titles