Players Who Can’t Be Traded Until December 15

On Thursday, we examined the list of players who can’t be traded by their current teams until at least January 15. Those players all meet a certain specific set of criteria, having re-signed with their own teams using Bird rights or Early Bird rights and received a raise of at least 20%. However, that list is small compared to the list of players whose trade eligibility will return on December 15.

If a player signed a free agent contract with an NBA team this offseason, the CBA’s rules prevent him from being traded until three months after the signing or December 15, whichever is later. So if a player was signed prior to September 16 and doesn’t meet the criteria noted above for our list of January 15 players, he’ll become trade-eligible on December 15.

With teams generally looking to take stock of their rosters and where they stand in their respective conference over the first several weeks of the season, few clubs will get serious about exploring the trade market until mid-December anyway. Once this summer’s free agent signees become trade-eligible, teams will have more options and greater flexibility.

Listed below are the players who won’t become trade-eligible until December 15, sorted by team…

Atlanta Hawks

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

Charlotte Hornets

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Detroit Pistons

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

Indiana Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

Minnesota Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans

New York Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • None

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards

Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post.

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