Today marks an important date on the NBA calendar, as 26 more players became eligible to be included in trades. January 15th is the date that free agents can be dealt if they re-signed with their teams through Bird rights or Early Bird rights and received a starting salary greater than the league minimum and at least 20% more than what they made last season. Also, this applies only if their teams were over the cap when the signings took place.
There are several names on that list who obviously aren’t going to be moved, such as Jimmy Butler, Marc Gasol, Draymond Green, Reggie Jackson, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade. A few others seem likely to stay put but could be moved under the right circumstances, such as Jae Crowder, Goran Dragic, Tobias Harris, Enes Kanter, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton.
At least one newly eligible player has already been the subject of trade rumors. The Rockets have reportedly had serious discussions about moving swingman Corey Brewer to the Suns, along with Terrence Jones, in exchange for Markieff Morris. In Chicago, a slow recovery from offseason back surgery has limited the trade possibilities of the Bulls‘ Mike Dunleavy.
The other names on the list, all of whom are eligible to be traded as of today, are Alexis Ajinca, Lavoy Allen, Patrick Beverley, Norris Cole, Drew Gooden, Danny Green, Brandon Knight, Austin Rivers, Iman Shumpert and Kyle Singler.
That brings me to today’s topics: Which of these offseason signees would benefit most from a change of scenery? Or if you prefer, who on the list would have been better off signing with a different team in the first place?
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