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In the National Basketball Association (NBA), a trade is a transaction that involves the movement of players from one basketball franchise to another. While players are the primary trade assets, draft picks and/or cash considerations can also be included, or be the basis for the trade to take place. The trade could involve either the swapping of players along with draft picks and/or cash considerations, or only draft picks (protected or otherwise).


  1. NBA trade rules
  2. NBA trade deadline
  3. NBA sign and trade


NBA trade rules


NBA trade rules vary for each team depending on whether they're below the salary cap, a non-taxpaying team or a taxpaying team.


A team below the salary cap can execute a trade if the aggregate salaries of the incoming player(s) do not exceed the cap space that the team had plus $100,000.


For a non-taxpaying team (above the salary cap but below the luxury tax threshold), the total salaries of the incoming player(s) in a trade should not exceed the greater of the following two:

• The lesser of (A) 175% of the salaries of the outgoing player(s) plus $100,000 and (B) salaries of the outgoing player(s) plus $5 million

• 125% of the salaries of the outgoing player(s) plus $100,000


For a taxpaying team, the total salaries of the incoming player(s) in a trade should not exceed 125% of the salaries of the outgoing player(s) plus $100,000.


Team can also acquire players through several exceptions, which allow a team's payroll to exceed the salary cap.


NBA trade deadline


NBA trade deadline


Following a directive from the Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2017, the NBA trade deadline for any particular season will be exactly 10 days before the All-Star Game, thereby ensuring that the date would be a Thursday. Based on the same rules, the NBA trade deadline for the 2019-20 season was on February 6, 2020, with the cutoff time being 3 PM ET.


The 2021 NBA trade deadline was an exception to this rule. Due to the condensed nature of the 2020-21 season, the 2021 NBA All-Star Game was held on March 7 while the trade deadline was on March 25 at 3 PM ET. Since no amendments have been made to the aforementioned rule yet, it's safe to assume that the league will return to complying with the same while setting the NBA trade deadline for the 2021-22 season.


NBA sign and trade


The NBA allows teams to sign-and-trade a player, i.e, trade the player after signing him to a contract within the stipulated rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). There is no limit to how many players may be traded in exchange for one - it is only limited by the size of the team’s roster (teams are allowed to have 15 players on their active roster on full contracts and 1 player on a two-way contract between the NBA and the G-League). Chris Paul, for example, was the subject of an 8-players-for-one deal, while in 2007, Kevin Garnett was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Boston Celtics in exchange for 7 players.


Boston Celtics Introduce Kemba Walker


While several interesting sign-and-trades took place, the most interesting one of the lot saw Kevin Durant join the Brooklyn Nets in a move that also featured D'Angelo Russell moving the other way. Another impactful sign-and-trade saw Kemba Walker join the Boston Celtics from the Charlotte Hornets with Terry Rozier going the other direction.

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NBA Rumors Roundup: Emerging Warriors star is on Orlando Magic's radar, Kevin Durant and James Harden back on good terms, and more - August 14, 2022
NBA Rumors Roundup: Emerging Warriors star is on Orlando Magic's radar, Kevin Durant and James Harden back on good terms, and more - August 14, 2022

NBA Rumors Roundup: Emerging Warriors star is on Orlando Magic's radar, Kevin Durant and James Harden back on good terms, and more - August 14, 2022

NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers still refusing to attach multiple picks with former All-NBA player
NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers still refusing to attach multiple picks with former All-NBA player

NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers still refusing to attach multiple picks with former All-NBA player

NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat could revive their interest in former NBA champion
NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat could revive their interest in former NBA champion

NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat could revive their interest in former NBA champion

“They gotta tighten up the leak shop over on Causeway Street” - Nick Wright believes the Boston Celtics have to be firm in trade talks after making elite rim protector untouchable
“They gotta tighten up the leak shop over on Causeway Street” - Nick Wright believes the Boston Celtics have to be firm in trade talks after making elite rim protector untouchable

“They gotta tighten up the leak shop over on Causeway Street” - Nick Wright believes the Boston Celtics have to be firm in trade talks after making elite rim protector untouchable

NBA Rumors Roundup: Kevin Durant trying to lower Nets trade demand, Draymond Green could join the Pistons next season and more | August 12th, 2022
NBA Rumors Roundup: Kevin Durant trying to lower Nets trade demand, Draymond Green could join the Pistons next season and more | August 12th, 2022

NBA Rumors Roundup: Kevin Durant trying to lower Nets trade demand, Draymond Green could join the Pistons next season and more | August 12th, 2022

“KD is more Brando than Cruise… Only guy in league history that would beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1” - Colin Cowherd says Kevin Durant is more of a supporting actor, believes the Celtics are perfect for him
“KD is more Brando than Cruise… Only guy in league history that would beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1” - Colin Cowherd says Kevin Durant is more of a supporting actor, believes the Celtics are perfect for him

“KD is more Brando than Cruise… Only guy in league history that would beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1” - Colin Cowherd says Kevin Durant is more of a supporting actor, believes the Celtics are perfect for him

“Both sides are negotiating like jerks” - NBA analyst critical of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets’ nonsensical trade offers and demands, dismisses the 76ers as a Kevin Durant landing spot
“Both sides are negotiating like jerks” - NBA analyst critical of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets’ nonsensical trade offers and demands, dismisses the 76ers as a Kevin Durant landing spot

“Both sides are negotiating like jerks” - NBA analyst critical of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets’ nonsensical trade offers and demands, dismisses the 76ers as a Kevin Durant landing spot

“Why are you going to make this team a lot better?” - NBA analyst says a trade sending sending 2x NBA champion to the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t make sense
“Why are you going to make this team a lot better?” - NBA analyst says a trade sending sending 2x NBA champion to the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t make sense

“Why are you going to make this team a lot better?” - NBA analyst says a trade sending sending 2x NBA champion to the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t make sense

NBA Trade Rumors: 2x NBA champion sees the Boston Celtics as a desired destination
NBA Trade Rumors: 2x NBA champion sees the Boston Celtics as a desired destination

NBA Trade Rumors: 2x NBA champion sees the Boston Celtics as a desired destination

NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets' initial demand for Kevin Durant included Eastern Conference finals MVP and former All-Star
NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets' initial demand for Kevin Durant included Eastern Conference finals MVP and former All-Star

NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets' initial demand for Kevin Durant included Eastern Conference finals MVP and former All-Star

NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics' former All-Star kept in the loop about trade prospects
NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics' former All-Star kept in the loop about trade prospects

NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics' former All-Star kept in the loop about trade prospects

NBA Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets tried to pry away All-Star duo in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes
NBA Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets tried to pry away All-Star duo in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes

NBA Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets tried to pry away All-Star duo in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes

NBA Trade Rumors: High-ranking members of the Philadelphia 76ers interested in acquiring Kevin Durant
NBA Trade Rumors: High-ranking members of the Philadelphia 76ers interested in acquiring Kevin Durant

NBA Trade Rumors: High-ranking members of the Philadelphia 76ers interested in acquiring Kevin Durant

“That is an exciting market ready to explode” - NBA analyst believer former MVP would instantly make the New Orleans Pelicans a title contender
“That is an exciting market ready to explode” - NBA analyst believer former MVP would instantly make the New Orleans Pelicans a title contender

“That is an exciting market ready to explode” - NBA analyst believer former MVP would instantly make the New Orleans Pelicans a title contender

“Bring Westbrook back and pretend this is going to work because of some friendly quotes?” - NBA analyst says it’s a horrible assumption that a new coach will figure Russell Westbrook out
“Bring Westbrook back and pretend this is going to work because of some friendly quotes?” - NBA analyst says it’s a horrible assumption that a new coach will figure Russell Westbrook out

“Bring Westbrook back and pretend this is going to work because of some friendly quotes?” - NBA analyst says it’s a horrible assumption that a new coach will figure Russell Westbrook out

“That's not gonna get the haters off your back, that’s not going to erase the mental asterisks” - NBA analyst believes Kevin Durant going to Boston would be similar to if he joined the Warriors
“That's not gonna get the haters off your back, that’s not going to erase the mental asterisks” - NBA analyst believes Kevin Durant going to Boston would be similar to if he joined the Warriors

“That's not gonna get the haters off your back, that’s not going to erase the mental asterisks” - NBA analyst believes Kevin Durant going to Boston would be similar to if he joined the Warriors

NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz discuss a 3-team trade involving multiple All-Stars
NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz discuss a 3-team trade involving multiple All-Stars

NBA Trade Rumors: LA Lakers, New York Knicks, and Utah Jazz discuss a 3-team trade involving multiple All-Stars

NBA Rumors Roundup: No team wants to help the Nets facilitate a Kevin Durant trade, Kyrie Irving feeling comfortable in Brooklyn heading into next season and more | August 5th, 2022
NBA Rumors Roundup: No team wants to help the Nets facilitate a Kevin Durant trade, Kyrie Irving feeling comfortable in Brooklyn heading into next season and more | August 5th, 2022

NBA Rumors Roundup: No team wants to help the Nets facilitate a Kevin Durant trade, Kyrie Irving feeling comfortable in Brooklyn heading into next season and more | August 5th, 2022

“They want him out of the franchise… They think he’s too toxic” - Colin Cowherd believes the LA Lakers are trying to humiliate and marginalize Russell Westbrook
“They want him out of the franchise… They think he’s too toxic” - Colin Cowherd believes the LA Lakers are trying to humiliate and marginalize Russell Westbrook

“They want him out of the franchise… They think he’s too toxic” - Colin Cowherd believes the LA Lakers are trying to humiliate and marginalize Russell Westbrook

NBA Rumors: 7x All-Star in a good place with Brooklyn Nets
NBA Rumors: 7x All-Star in a good place with Brooklyn Nets

NBA Rumors: 7x All-Star in a good place with Brooklyn Nets

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