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What the December 15 trade eligibility deadline means for the Brooklyn Nets

Al Bello

So, you're hearing about this December 15 trade eligibility deadline and you're wondering, what does it mean? Well, it's simple, starting Sunday, December 15, 114 NBA players will officially become eligible to be dealt in accordance with league rules.

Here is ESPN's Marc Stein putting it into simpler terms:

At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, no fewer than 114 players who signed new contracts since July will become trade-eligible, thanks to the league rule stipulating that recipients of new deals (in most cases) cannot be dealt until Dec. 15 or three months from the day their new contract is completed ... whichever of those dates falls later.

And that brings us to the Brooklyn Nets, who starting Sunday will have four players eligible to be dealt. Those players are Alan Anderson, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche and Shaun Livingston.

Blatche, however, has a no-trade clause, which would make any deal involving him a bit more complicated. Here's Mike Mazzeo of ESPN explaining:

Under the Bird Rights, Blatche would be eligible to re-sign with the Nets at a greater salary than any exception allows for teams over the salary cap.

In the latest trade rumors involving the Nets, in which they'd make a deal for Kyle Lowry, none of the aforementioned have been discussed, according to recent reports.