NBA Notebook: Players to watch as trade season heats up

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While there have been a few minor trades over the past few weeks across the association, business is expected to pick up in a big way after Saturday as a fresh pool of players become eligible to be traded starting on December 15th.

The vast majority of free agents (with a few notable exceptions) who signed with teams this offseason are now cleared to be moved in trade transactions, which helps create a far higher number of possibilities and combinations as franchises start to separate themselves into buyers and sellers ahead of the trade deadline in February.

While the buyers far outnumber the sellers just 30 games into the season, we can already see some franchises that have firmly placed themselves into either category.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have already dealt away two veterans (George Hill, Kyle Korver) and still have a couple more (J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson) who could be moved in the next couple months. Trevor Ariza lasted less than two months in Phoenix after the floundering franchise agreed to send him packing to the Washington Wizards for Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre after a failed three-way swap with the Memphis Grizzlies.

These moves should be just the beginning though of what will be a busy two months for several franchises as the positioning begins for a pretty wide open playoff race in both conferences.

Let’s take a look at what new names on the Celtics who are eligible to be traded and what other notable names from across the league that can be added to the rumor mill as of December 15th.