Most NBA players who signed new contracts as free agents during the 2020 offseason became eligible to be traded as of February 6, but a small subset of players were still ineligible to be dealt until today, March 3.
These players all met a specific set of criteria: Not only did they re-sign with their previous team during the offseason, but they got a raise of at least 20%, their salary is worth more than the minimum, and their team was over the cap, using Bird or Early Bird rights to sign them.
As Bobby Marks of ESPN confirms (via Twitter), the following players fit that bill and are eligible to be traded as of today:
- Joe Harris (Nets)
- Denzel Valentine (Bulls)
- Note: Valentine has the ability to veto a trade.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Lakers)
- Anthony Davis (Lakers)
- De’Anthony Melton (Grizzlies)
- Pat Connaughton (Bucks)
- Malik Beasley (Timberwolves)
- Juan Hernangomez (Timberwolves)
- Brandon Ingram (Pelicans)
- Michael Carter-Williams (Magic)
- Jevon Carter (Suns)
- Dario Saric (Suns)
- Rodney Hood (Trail Blazers)
- Jakob Poeltl (Spurs)
- Chris Boucher (Raptors)
- Fred VanVleet (Raptors)
- Davis Bertans (Wizards)
A few of these players aren’t realistic candidates to be traded — Davis, Ingram, and VanVleet, for instance, aren’t going anywhere this month. But many of them are role players who would probably be available in the right deal, so it’s worth noting that the restrictions on them have lifted.
Only a small handful of players on standard contracts around the NBA remain ineligible to be dealt. That group of players includes the seven who are on active 10-day contracts, since a player on a 10-day deal can’t be traded. Here’s the rest of the list:
Trade-eligible as of March 18:
- LeBron James (Lakers)
Trade-eligible as of March 23:
- Taj Gibson (Knicks)
Not eligible to be traded this season:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
- Paul George (Clippers)
- Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
- Monte Morris (Nuggets)
- Alex Len (Wizards)
Gibson and Len signed after the regular season was already underway, so their restrictions will last longer than the ones on players who signed during the offseason. The others in this group signed veteran contract extensions that exceeded the extend-and-trade limits in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, making them ineligible to be dealt for a few months.
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