Trade flexibility has just become far greater for the Golden State Warriors and rival NBA teams, with a host of recently-signed players now available to be moved before the deadline on February 8.
Around 80 new players can now be traded after signing deals in free agency. New Houston Rockets guard Fred VanVleet tops the list from a salary perspective, closely followed by eight-time All-Star Kyrie Irving and three-time All-Star Khris Middleton.
Draymond Green, Dario Saric and Corey Joseph are now eligible to be traded after singing contracts with the Golden State Warriors during the offseason
The December 15 restriction lift comes at a coincidental time for the Warriors, with Draymond Green's future again in the spotlight following the NBA's decision to indefinitely suspend the former Defensive Player of the Year.
Green was cited for his latest unsportsmanlike act against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, with the league clearly having had enough of the 33-year-old after his hit on Jusuf Nurkic warranted a flagrant two foul and ejection during the third-quarter.
Green turned his back on rivals to sign a four-year, $100 million contract in free agency. His on-court play remains at a high level, but the repeated incidents continue to cause frustration with Green having appeared in just 15 games this season.
Croatian big man Dario Saric is also now eligible to be traded after he signed a one-year, $2.7 million deal during the offseason. The 29-year-old has been a rare positive for the Warriors in averaging 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, making it extremely unlikely that he gets moved before the deadline.
Corey Joseph has played in just 11 games this season, regularly receiving DNP's so long as veteran point-guards Stephen Curry and Chris Paul are available. The franchise would likely have no issue with moving the 32-year-old, though that would almost assuredly comes as salary filler as part of a bigger package.
Golden State's 10-14 record has rose speculation that the franchise will have to make a move over the next two months, with their form a far cry from the championship aspirations held prior to the season.