That’s the date that players who signed as free agents this offseason can be dealt, per NBA rules.
Among some of the names you certainly know on the list:
Granted, most of the 74 on the list are not undoubtedly not going anywhere — such as Jalen Brunson of the Knicks — but there is always a possibility that some of the 74 could be added as throw-ins as we near the February trade deadline.
Also, as Adams noted, 12 players can’t be traded without their consent, and 13 are on non-guaranteed contracts.
But no matter how you spin it, NBA trade season is very much under way, and will be here for about another two months.