New kids on the block

Updated: December 15, 2004, 12:23 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
General managers, start your engines. Players, keep your bags packed. After six weeks of pretty intense trade rumors, the gloves come off Wednesday.

Dec. 15 marks the day both free agents who signed contracts this summer and NBA rookies are eligible to be traded. Those players represent nearly a quarter of the players in the league. That explains why doing deals before Wednesday was a little bit difficult.

"Like a lot of teams, we're sitting back with Dec. 15 around the corner, which, for a lot of players, represents a lot more names that can come into the mix," Heat GM Randy Pfund said over the weekend.

It's ironic, really. This summer, the same guys about to go on the trading block were supposed to be the guys who would help put their new teams over the top.

Best-laid plans ...

How can things go so wrong, so quickly? And why do teams think a player will play any differently with a change of scenery?

Today, Insider looks at 10 guys who will be eligible to be traded beginning Wednesday who might be wearing a new uniform by the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer