December 15th could be a big day for the San Antonio Spurs and the rest of the NBA. Approximately 106 recently-signed free agents across the league will be eligible to be traded beginning that day in accordance with the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
With their many offseason acquisitions and re-signs, the Spurs have five such guys that can technically be traded, although most of them will likely be safe from such a move. Those players are the following:
Of those five, Doug McDermott is likely the safest from being moved this season or anytime soon. The Spurs acquired him for a reason, and he's making good on his end of the bargain by being the team's most accurate 3-point shooter for most of the season.
Jock Landale is likely safe as well. He's in the first season of a two-year, $4.5 million contract and has received very limited playing time as the Spurs continue to give playing time to centers ahead of him in the rotation. As the dust settles on that position, however, I wouldn't expect that to last beyond this year.
Zach Collins is in a similar position as Landale in that he hasn't really had a chance to showcase his game. In his case, though, it's due to his recovery from injury. The Spurs took a gamble on the injury-plagued big man for a reason, so I can't see them moving him before he can show them what he's made of sometime after Christmas.
Bryn Forbes and Keita Bates-Diop are probably the most likely to be traded out of this group, but even then, neither are very likely to be moved overall. Forbes has picked up his shooting in a big way after a rough first few weeks and will likely continue to play the role of an offensive spark plug.
Bates-Diop, meanwhile, probably won't draw interest from other teams and has been a nice backup option when guys like Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell have gone down with an injury. Paying him $3.6 million over this season and next seems fair enough.
While I wouldn't bet on the Spurs involving any of these guys in an upcoming trade, there's always the possibility of a package involving them to match salaries or open up cap flexibility for trade partners, so anything is possible. Expect the NBA trade talk to pick up after Wednesday.