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© EFE Having acquired Juan Hernangomez from Memphis on Sept. 15, the Celtics could turn around and trade him and his $6.9 million salary right away for another player earning about the same amount.

In a pair of previous articles, we took a closer look at the trade restrictions placed on two groups of players who signed free-agent contracts this past offseason. The smaller of the two groups featured players who can’t be traded by their current teams until Jan. 15, since they re-signed on contracts that met a set of specific criteria. The other offseason signees we examined aren’t eligible to be traded until Dec. 15.

In addition to those two groups, there are a few other subsets of players who face certain trade restrictions this season. They either can’t be traded until a certain date, can’t be traded in certain packages or can’t be traded at all this season.

Listed below are the players affected by these trade restrictions. This list, which we’ll continue to update throughout the season as needed, can be found on our desktop sidebar under “Hoops Rumors Features,” or in our mobile menu under “Features.”

Players who recently signed as free agents or had their two-way contracts converted:

A player who signs a free-agent contract typically becomes trade-eligible either three months after he signs or on Dec. 15, whichever comes later. That means a player who signs on Sept. 22 would become trade-eligible on Dec. 22.

Similarly, players who have two-way pacts converted to standard contracts can’t be dealt for three months after that happens.

Because the NBA’s 2021 offseason calendar was shortened by a month, these trade-eligibility rules were adjusted slightly, but the three-month restriction still applies to players who signed their contracts on Sept. 27 or later. Players who signed before that may become trade-eligible slightly before the three-month anniversary of their signing.

Here are the affected players, along with the dates their trade restrictions lift:

Dec. 19:

Denzel Valentine (Cavaliers)

Dec. 22:

Luka Garza (Pistons)

Dec. 25:

Avery Bradley (Lakers)

Dec. 27:

Austin Reaves (Lakers)

January 6:

Brad Wanamaker (Pacers)

Jan. 14:

Armoni Brooks (Rockets)

Jan. 19:

Jabari Parker (Celtics)Gary Payton II (Warriors)

Players who sign free-agent contracts or have their two-way deals converted to standard contracts after Nov. 10 this season won’t become trade-eligible prior to the 2022 trade deadline (Feb. 10).

Players who recently signed veteran contract extensions:

In a normal league year, a player who signs a veteran contract extension can’t be dealt for six months if his new deal increases his salary by more than 5% and/or puts him under contract for more than three total years (including his current contract). An extension that meets either of those criteria would exceed the NBA’s extend-and-trade limits.

That six-month window has been reduced slightly for pre-training-camp extensions this season. However, many of the veteran players who have signed extensions exceeding the extend-and-trade limits in 2021-22 still won’t be eligible to be moved before this year’s deadline.

Here are the affected players, along with the dates their trade restrictions lift:

Jan. 25:

Marcus Smart (Celtics)

Jan. 30:

Terry Rozier (Hornets)Robert Williams (Celtics)

Feb. 3:

Julius Randle (Knicks)

Ineligible to be traded before this season’s Feb. 10 deadline:

Malcolm Brogdon (Pacers)Clint Capela (Rockets)Daniel Gafford (Wizards)Aaron Gordon (Nuggets)Terance Mann (Clippers)

Players who were recently traded:

Players who were recently traded can be flipped again immediately. However, unless they were acquired via cap room, they can’t be traded again immediately in a deal that aggregates their salary with another player’s for matching purposes.

For instance, having acquired Juan Hernangomez from Memphis on Sept. 15, the Celtics could turn around and trade him and his $6.9 million salary right away for another player earning about the same amount. But if Boston wanted to package Hernangomez and, say, Al Horford ($27 million) in a deal for a big-money player, the team would have to wait for a little while longer to do so.

Typically, a player who has been dealt can’t have his salary aggregated in a second trade for two months, but that window was shortened for pre-camp trades this year to account for the compressed offseason calendar.

There are only a few trades that currently fall within the aggregation-restriction window, and most of them involved players who have been since been waived. However, we’ll update this list in the coming weeks and months to account for in-season trades.

Here are the dates when players traded this season can once again have their salaries aggregated in a second trade:

Nov. 7:

Juan Hernangomez (Celtics)

Any player who is traded after Dec. 10 (without being acquired via cap room) won’t be eligible to be flipped before the trade deadline in a second deal that aggregates his salary with another player’s.

Note: Only players on standard, full-season contracts are listed on this page. Players who sign 10-day contracts can’t be traded. Players who sign two-way deals can’t be traded for up to 30 days after signing.

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The 25 best NBA nicknames of all time

If you are an NBA player, there is a good chance you are a known name. You may very well be a star and even one who surpasses the world of sports fandom. Everybody knows Michael Jordan, right? Some guys are known by only one name. Shaq. Kobe. LeBron. Then there are the famous nicknames and the maybe not-as-famous nicknames that are still fun. Who doesn’t like a good nickname? We certainly do, and so do NBA fans. Here are our 25 favorite NBA nicknames.

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Magic

This is a nickname that has superseded his actual name. How many people call him Earvin Johnson? Nobody, right? He’s Magic Johnson. That’s what he’s been known as since he basically became famous. That’s what he’s known as now. Johnson will always be Magic, which is also a great nickname for a crazy talented point guard.

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Dr. J

It’s such a simple nickname, but it’s so iconic. His name is Julius Erving, and he was a “doctor” of basketball, so he became known as Dr. J. And yet it just stuck with everybody. Dr. J just rolls off the tongue, and Erving’s amazing dunks and stellar play certainly helped embed the nickname in our minds.

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The Mailman

The U.S Postal Service doesn’t actually have that “Neither rain nor snow…” motto, but we still think of mail carriers as being largely reliable. That’s how Karl Malone got his nickname, “The Mailman.” Malone always delivered — except on Sunday and national holidays, we guess.

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Air Jordan

“Air Jordan” isn’t super creative for a guy named Michael Jordan. And yet it was perfect. Jordan was a dunk champion. His “Jumpman” logo is still iconic. Flying through the air is MJ’s thing. It’s a pitch-perfect nickname.

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The Big O

Until Russell Westbrook came around, Oscar Robertson was the last player to average a triple-double over a whole NBA season. “The Big” whatever is usually a decent nickname concept, but none of them tops “The Big O” as a nickname. It’s just fun to call somebody “The Big O.”

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Wilt the Stilt

Rhyming is a good choice for nicknames. There are a couple of those on this list. Wilt Chamberlain was tall (7-foot-1). So are people who walk on stilts. Hence, Wilt the Stilt. It’s not an intimidating nickname, but it’s fresh enough to be fun.

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The Answer

What is Allen Iverson the answer to? We aren’t sure. That wasn’t really what was important. All that mattered was A.I. (not as good of a nickname) was the Answer. It was a formidable nickname and fitting for a guy who changed the NBA.

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The Glove

Most guys get nicknames for their physical traits or their offensive acumen. Not Gary Payton. He earned his nickname for his defensive skills. Payton is the only point guard to ever be Defensive Player of the Year. He fit to the guys he was guarding like a glove. Works for us.

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The Dream

Call him Akeem. Call him Hakeem. We just known that Hakeem Olajuwon is “The Dream.” It’s a rhyming nickname and a perfect one. He had his Dream Shake. He had those basketball shoes that were way cheaper than Jordan’s. You can even just call him “Dream,” and people will know whom you’re talking about.

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The Greek Freak

It kind of feels like Giannis Antetokounmpo got a nickname right out of the gate because of the difficulty in spelling, and pronouncing, his actual name. However, Giannis is Greek, and he’s a physical freak, and those words rhyme. Now he’s a two-time MVP, and The Greek Freak has entered the lexicon.

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The Round Mound of Rebound

Some people call Charles Barkley “Sir Charles,” which is kind of blah. However, Barkley was a hefty, formidable rebounder who wasn’t maybe as much of a physical specimen as some of his fellow big men. “The Round Mound of Rebound” just works perfectly, and it’s maybe the most amusing NBA nickname ever.

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Vinsanity

Vince Carter had a ton of nicknames: “Air Canada.” “Half Man, Half Amazing.” The best of the bunch, though, is “Vinsanity.” His dunking skills were insane, or rather “Vinesane.” It just rolls off the tongue, and until “Linsanity” it was the one “insanity” nickname out there.

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Clyde the Glide

Man, when Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were on the same team, it was a dynamic nickname duo. Maybe “Clyde the Glide” doesn’t make a ton of sense, but we don’t care. Everybody calls him “Clyde the Glide” so you know that works as a nickname.

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The Process

Joel Embiid likes to have fun. When Sam Hinkie tore down the 76ers to rebuild them, it became known by fans as “The Process.” “Trust The Process” became the rallying cry. Naturally, Embiid, one of the players drafted during that time, decided to give himself the nickname “The Process.” We don’t usually like self-given nicknames, but this one is fun enough to get a pass. Now, if only Embiid and the Sixers could complete that process.

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The Dunkin’ Dutchman

Rik Smits was a giant guy from the Netherlands who was an underrated player. He was even an All-Star once. When you are over 7-foot tall it’s pretty easy to dunk. It’s also super fun to call a guy “The Dunkin’ Dutchman.”

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Reign Man

Shawn Kemp was one of those players who wasn’t overrated necessarily, but he is oversized in our memory because of his big, splashy highlights. It rains a lot in Seattle, and if you get buckets you could be said to be making it rain. Plus, “Rain Man” is a movie that existed. So the nickname was tweaked a bit to “Reign Man” to call to mind royalty, and a nickname was born.

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Splash Mountain

This is the newest one on the list, and we owe it all to Brook Lopez beginning to shoot threes. The 7-foot center, who had spent his entire career by the basket, was suddenly splashing treys. However, he’s still a mountain of a man, so we get this awesome nickname.

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Pistol Pete

There was a time when Pete Maravich was wearing a jersey that just said “Pistol” on it. He’s not the only Pistol Pete. That’s also the nickname of Oklahoma State’s mascot. However, it’s alliterative and cool, so we still did it for Maravich.

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Big Shot Bob

Robert Horry won seven NBA titles even though he was never THAT good of a player. He averaged 7.0 points per game in his career; however, Horry made several iconic big shots. Before he even retired he was being called “Big Shot Bob,” which is, frankly, a great nickname.

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Chief

Robert Parish played for 21 seasons, and for an NBA-record 1,611 regular-season games. He had a long time to earn a nickname. However, Parish wasn’t the most dynamic of personalities. That’s actually how he got his nickname. He was called “Chief” after the big, quiet character from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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The Worm

Dennis Rodman’s nickname “The Worm” is an indelible one. It’s evocative and unusual. How did he get it though? Well, there are conflicting stories. We can’t say for sure how it started. It doesn’t matter. Rodman was an outsized personality, and he earned an outsized nickname.

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Big Dog

A few players in NBA history have been called “Big Dog.” We get it, since it’s a really good nickname. However, to us, the quintessential “Big Dog” is Glenn Robinson. His son, Glenn Robinson III, is now in the NBA. Maybe we could call him “Little Dog?” Or maybe “The Puppy?” Or would that maybe not go over well?

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