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NBA Trade Rumors

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.


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.

Ben Simmons trade rumors: Philadelphia 76ers eyeing Detroit Pistons' Jerami Grant for exchange deal, could also opt to pursue James Harden next season
Ben Simmons trade rumors: Philadelphia 76ers eyeing Detroit Pistons' Jerami Grant for exchange deal, could also opt to pursue James Harden next season

Ben Simmons trade rumors: Philadelphia 76ers eyeing Detroit Pistons' Jerami Grant for exchange deal, could also opt to pursue James Harden next season

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers have short listed up to 30 players they will be willing to swap Ben Simmons for
NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers have short listed up to 30 players they will be willing to swap Ben Simmons for

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers have short listed up to 30 players they will be willing to swap Ben Simmons for

"You’re a Celtic and a guy that we obviously we think exceptionally high of" - Brad Stevens reassures Jaylen Brown after rumors of Ben Simmons trade emerge

"You’re a Celtic and a guy that we obviously we think exceptionally high of" - Brad Stevens reassures Jaylen Brown after rumors of Ben Simmons trade emerge

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Jaylen Brown from Boston Celtics in exchange for Ben Simmons' services
NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Jaylen Brown from Boston Celtics in exchange for Ben Simmons' services

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Jaylen Brown from Boston Celtics in exchange for Ben Simmons' services

NBA trade rumors: Damian Lillard lobbying for a Draymond Green move to Portland Trail Blazers
NBA trade rumors: Damian Lillard lobbying for a Draymond Green move to Portland Trail Blazers

NBA trade rumors: Damian Lillard lobbying for a Draymond Green move to Portland Trail Blazers

5 big-name players likely to be cut after the trade deadline
5 big-name players likely to be cut after the trade deadline

5 big-name players likely to be cut after the trade deadline

NBA Trade Rumors: Multiple teams interested in Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings want first-round pick in return
NBA Trade Rumors: Multiple teams interested in Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings want first-round pick in return

NBA Trade Rumors: Multiple teams interested in Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings want first-round pick in return

"There is a really negative vibe down there right now" - Brian Flores reportedly losing Miami Dolphins locker room

"There is a really negative vibe down there right now" - Brian Flores reportedly losing Miami Dolphins locker room

“The goal for everybody is to see everyone getting paid" - Chris Paul talks about the Deandre Ayton situation, explains what the latter must do for a contract extension
“The goal for everybody is to see everyone getting paid

“The goal for everybody is to see everyone getting paid" - Chris Paul talks about the Deandre Ayton situation, explains what the latter must do for a contract extension

3 reasons why Russell Westbrook could be on the trade block if LA Lakers don't do well in the 2021-22 NBA season
3 reasons why Russell Westbrook could be on the trade block if LA Lakers don't do well in the 2021-22 NBA season

3 reasons why Russell Westbrook could be on the trade block if LA Lakers don't do well in the 2021-22 NBA season

Kyrie Irving trade rumors: Brooklyn Nets have taken incoming calls for the point guard
Kyrie Irving trade rumors: Brooklyn Nets have taken incoming calls for the point guard

Kyrie Irving trade rumors: Brooklyn Nets have taken incoming calls for the point guard

Kyrie Irving trade rumors: No talks between Brooklyn Nets and another Eastern title contender for the rebellious point guard
Kyrie Irving trade rumors: No talks between Brooklyn Nets and another Eastern title contender for the rebellious point guard

Kyrie Irving trade rumors: No talks between Brooklyn Nets and another Eastern title contender for the rebellious point guard

NFL Rumors: 3 Players Eagles should part ways with before the 2021 NFL trade deadline
NFL Rumors: 3 Players Eagles should part ways with before the 2021 NFL trade deadline

NFL Rumors: 3 Players Eagles should part ways with before the 2021 NFL trade deadline

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers risk losing Damian Lillard if they start 2021-22 NBA season poorly
NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers risk losing Damian Lillard if they start 2021-22 NBA season poorly

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers risk losing Damian Lillard if they start 2021-22 NBA season poorly

Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors: Kevin Durant has given Brooklyn Nets the go-ahead to trade the enigmatic point guard
Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors: Kevin Durant has given Brooklyn Nets the go-ahead to trade the enigmatic point guard

Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors: Kevin Durant has given Brooklyn Nets the go-ahead to trade the enigmatic point guard

"I think he's going to get traded" - Shannon Sharpe talks about the Ben Simmons situation unfolding at Philadelphia 76ers

"I think he's going to get traded" - Shannon Sharpe talks about the Ben Simmons situation unfolding at Philadelphia 76ers

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Ben Simmons to stay long-term
NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Ben Simmons to stay long-term

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers want Ben Simmons to stay long-term

NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons and Philadelphia 76ers working towards an amicable settlement 
NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons and Philadelphia 76ers working towards an amicable settlement 

NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons and Philadelphia 76ers working towards an amicable settlement 

NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons open to a move to Sacramento Kings
NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons open to a move to Sacramento Kings

NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Simmons open to a move to Sacramento Kings

"If we can get one, great" - Doc Rivers on whether Philadelphia 76ers need a new point guard

"If we can get one, great" - Doc Rivers on whether Philadelphia 76ers need a new point guard

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