The NBA trade deadline isn't until Feb. 8, 2024, but trade season officially starts Friday when a number of players who signed as free agents in the offseason become eligible to be traded for the first time during the 2023-24 season. In this article, we will list which players become eligible to be traded and explain why they weren't able to be traded in the first place.

Newly signed trade restriction rules

Trades are one of the most fun parts about the NBA, but there are a number of rules and restrictions that are set in place to ensure that teams don't trade players excessively. One such rule is the “newly signed trade restriction.” This rule states that any newly signed free agent who signs with his team during the offseason cannot be traded for three months or until Dec. 15, whichever is later. There are other restrictions set in place that prevent some players from being trade-eligible until Jan. 15, or even six months after signing an extension, but most players become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15.

Overall, 81 players who previously couldn't be traded will become eligible to be moved on Dec. 15. The list of those players is below.

NBA Players eligible to be traded starting on Dec. 15

Atlanta Hawks

Wesley Matthews

Boston Celtics

Dalano Banton

Oshae Brissett

Svi Mykhailiuk

Brooklyn Nets

Harry Giles

Dennis Smith Jr.

Lonnie Walker IV

Trendon Watford

 Charlotte Hornets

Frank Ntilikina

Chicago Bulls

Jevon Carter

Torrey Craig

Terry Taylor

Cleveland Cavaliers

Ty Jerome

Caris LeVert

Georges Niang

Max Strus

Tristan Thompson

Dallas Mavericks

Seth Curry

Dante Exum

Kyrie Irving

Derrick Jones Jr.

Dwight Powell

Grant Williams

Denver Nuggets

Justin Holiday

Reggie Jackson

DeAndre Jordan

Detroit Pistons


Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green

Cory Joseph

Dario Saric

Houston Rockets

Dillon Brooks

Jeff Green

Aaron Holiday

Jock Landale

Fred VanVleet

Indiana Pacers

Bruce Brown

Los Angeles Clippers

Mason Plumlee

Russell Westbrook

Los Angeles Lakers

Jaxson Hayes

Taurean Prince

Cam Reddish

D'Angelo Russell

Gabe Vincent

Christian Wood

Memphis Grizzlies

Derrick Rose

Miami Heat

Thomas Bryant

Kevin Love

Josh Richardson

Orlando Robinson

Milwaukee Bucks

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Malik Beasley

Jae Crowder

A.J. Green

Robin Lopez

Khris Middleton

Minnesota Timberwolves

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Troy Brown Jr.

Shake Milton

New Orleans Pelicans

E.J. Liddell

Cody Zeller

New York Knicks

Ryan Arcidiacono

Donte DiVincenzo

Oklahoma City Thunder


Orlando Magic

Joe Ingles

Philadelphia 76ers

Mo Bamba

Patrick Beverley

Phoenix Suns

Keita Bates-Diop

Bol Bol

Drew Eubanks

Eric Gordon

Damion Lee

Chimezie Metu

Josh Okogie

Yuta Watanabe

Portland Trail Blazers

Moses Brown

Sacramento Kings

Alex Len

JaVale McGee

San Antonio Spurs

Julian Champagnie

Sandro Mamukelashvili

Toronto Raptors

Jalen McDaniels

Dennis Schroder

Garrett Temple

Utah Jazz

Omer Yurtseven

Washington Wizards


Takeaways from the Dec. 15 date

Rockets, Dillon Brooks, Fred VanVleet, James Harden,

The Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Washington Wizards are the only teams that don't have any players becoming trade-eligible on Friday. The other 27 teams all signed at least one free agent who was ineligible to be traded until Dec. 15. The Phoenix Suns have the most players who fit this criteria. Seven players are “newly signed” players, and it makes sense, as the Suns had a busy offseason finding cheap role players to fit alongside their big three of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal.

The Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Houston Rockets also have a lot of players becoming trade-eligible on Dec. 15, as they will each have six players who become eligible to be traded. The Mavs had a lot of big decisions to make during their offseason, with the biggest being whether or not they should pay Kyrie Irving. Dallas decided to bring back Irving and, therefore, commit to an expensive, but extremely talented, frontcourt with Luka Doncic.

The Lakers still employ LeBron James, and any LeBron James-led team is going to bring in a number of veteran free agents every offseason in order to help their aging legend. There has already been buzz surrounding the Lakers and Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine, who reportedly wants a trade there but is currently out with a foot injury.

The Bucks also had their biggest offseason ever. Not only did they trade for Damian Lillard, but they brought in six free agents as well.

The Rockets had perhaps the biggest offseason of anybody, and that is why they have five players who qualify as “newly signed.” Dillon Brooks and Fred VanVleet were two of the biggest free agents to sign with new teams when they landed mega deals with Houston.

The vast majority of players who become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15 are unlikely to be traded, and most of them aren't big-name players, either. Still, in this era, players are moved from team to team more so than they ever have been before. It seems safe to say that one of these players will be traded this season; it is just a matter of when. Dec. 15 might not be the most active trade day in the NBA, but it certainly kicks off the trade season, with Jan. 15 another date to watch in a month with some other players becoming trade-eligible then.