Newly Eligible Trade Chips Likeliest to Be Dealt Before Trade Deadline

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Newly Eligible Trade Chips Likeliest to Be Dealt Before Trade Deadline
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The flood gates open on Dec. 15. 

A whole new group of players become eligible to be traded, and that means we could start to see even more deals. Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams have already headlined trades during the 2013-14 NBA season, and Marcin Gortat was dealt just prior to the beginning of the campaign. 

That's already quite a bit of activity for the Association, but there's more on the horizon. Players like Kyle Lowry and Omer Asik are clearly on the blocks, but their respective general managers are waiting to make moves until they have as many options as possible at their disposal. 

That happens on Dec. 15, when 114 players who signed contracts since the calendars hit July become eligible for deals. The CBA requires teams to wait either three months or until Dec. 15 before they trade players signed since July, whichever comes later. 

Of course, all 114 aren't going to be on the move. Most will stay put, but these are the five most likely to find themselves packing up and heading to a new franchise. 


Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come courtesy of Basketball-Reference

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