We are headlong into December, which means players signed over the offseason are officially eligible to be traded, making nearly everyone in the NBA available. But that does not mean all the names on the trade block are going to be shipped somewhere.
ESPN came out with their early list of guys rumored to be on the move, but obviously they will not all get dealt by February.
Dec. 15 marked the date when all free agents signed over the offseason became trade eligible, but we will have to wait until Jan. 15 for the guys who were signed following an amnesty. Players signed under their Bird Rights (like Brandon Bass and J.J. Hickson) are not eligible until Jan. 15 either.
Otherwise, everybody is good to go.
The biggest name that is going to continue to be on the top of the trade block for some time is Pau Gasol.
So long as the Lakers are not looking perfect, there is going to be a word or two everyday that they should cut their losses with him this season and try out another player.
We will get into that a bit later, but there are quite a few other intriguing players on the block who will get moved over the course of the next few months, and others who are bound to stay just trade rumors.
So, to get everything in a nice, succinct order, let's go ahead and play fact for fiction with the guys on the block, and predict whether or not they will find new teams by the Feb. 21 trade deadline.