Tomorrow is December 15th, and while that may not mean much to you other than you’ve got nine days left of Christmas shopping, it’s a big day in NBA circles.
December 15th marks the first day that players signed as free agents in this past offseason are eligible to be traded. It’s a general rule the NBA has so that players can’t be picked up and traded immediately upon signing (like a handshake sign-and-trade).
The Brooklyn Nets made most of their biggest moves via trade, but they did make a few signings this offseason. Tomorrow, Alan Anderson, Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko, and Shaun Livingston will be eligible for use in trades. That means if you’re a fan, you can add those guys to your imagined ESPN Trade Machine ideas. Or, if you’re Billy King, you can start using those names in phone calls.
It’s worth noting that Blatche has a unique no-trade clause.
It’s also worth noting that the Nets can’t trade Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, or Jason Terry back to the Boston Celtics, and Kevin Garnett has a no-trade clause.