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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.


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.

Doc Rivers trolls Donald Trump supporters while discussing Ben Simmons, says he's "going to keep trying" to get through to the wantaway point guard
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Doc Rivers trolls Donald Trump supporters while discussing Ben Simmons, says he's "going to keep trying" to get through to the wantaway point guard

NBA Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets a sleeper team in talks for Ben Simmons 
NBA Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets a sleeper team in talks for Ben Simmons 

NBA Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets a sleeper team in talks for Ben Simmons 

"Draymond and Ben Simmons are basically almost the same player" - Kendrick Perkins on why trading for the Philadelphia 76ers star won't work for Golden State Warriors

"Draymond and Ben Simmons are basically almost the same player" - Kendrick Perkins on why trading for the Philadelphia 76ers star won't work for Golden State Warriors

"You say everything you want to get rid of him, but then you wonder why the next team want him" - Gilbert Arenas on how Philadelphia 76ers messed up the Ben Simmons saga

"You say everything you want to get rid of him, but then you wonder why the next team want him" - Gilbert Arenas on how Philadelphia 76ers messed up the Ben Simmons saga

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers willing to offer CJ McCollum, Robert Covington and first-round picks for Ben Simmons
NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers willing to offer CJ McCollum, Robert Covington and first-round picks for Ben Simmons

NBA Trade Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers willing to offer CJ McCollum, Robert Covington and first-round picks for Ben Simmons

"If it were not for Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets would be interested" - Stephen A Smith says KD stopped Nets from trading Kyrie Irving for Ben Simmons

"If it were not for Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets would be interested" - Stephen A Smith says KD stopped Nets from trading Kyrie Irving for Ben Simmons

NBA Trade Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Indiana Pacers wing Jeremy Lamb
NBA Trade Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Indiana Pacers wing Jeremy Lamb

NBA Trade Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Indiana Pacers wing Jeremy Lamb

Rich Paul says Ben Simmons would do whatever needed to get out of Philadelphia 76ers: Jay Williams
Rich Paul says Ben Simmons would do whatever needed to get out of Philadelphia 76ers: Jay Williams

Rich Paul says Ben Simmons would do whatever needed to get out of Philadelphia 76ers: Jay Williams

NBA Rumors: LA Lakers interested in trying out veteran guard Monta Ellis
NBA Rumors: LA Lakers interested in trying out veteran guard Monta Ellis

NBA Rumors: LA Lakers interested in trying out veteran guard Monta Ellis

NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers expect Ben Simmons to miss training camp
NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers expect Ben Simmons to miss training camp

NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers expect Ben Simmons to miss training camp

NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets seriously interested in signing Ben Simmons before training camp
NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets seriously interested in signing Ben Simmons before training camp

NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets seriously interested in signing Ben Simmons before training camp

Free agent guards Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook working out with the Golden State Warriors this week, according to Marc J. Spears
Free agent guards Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook working out with the Golden State Warriors this week, according to Marc J. Spears

Free agent guards Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook working out with the Golden State Warriors this week, according to Marc J. Spears

How to request a trade in NBA 2K22?
How to request a trade in NBA 2K22?

How to request a trade in NBA 2K22?

John Wall spotted hanging out with Paul George amid NBA Trade Rumors linking him to LA Clippers
John Wall spotted hanging out with Paul George amid NBA Trade Rumors linking him to LA Clippers

John Wall spotted hanging out with Paul George amid NBA Trade Rumors linking him to LA Clippers

NBA Trade Rumors: Zach LaVine does not want to leave the Chicago Bulls
NBA Trade Rumors: Zach LaVine does not want to leave the Chicago Bulls

NBA Trade Rumors: Zach LaVine does not want to leave the Chicago Bulls

NBA Trade Rumors: Eric Gordon is open to a move despite Houston Rockets wanting him to stay 
NBA Trade Rumors: Eric Gordon is open to a move despite Houston Rockets wanting him to stay 

NBA Trade Rumors: Eric Gordon is open to a move despite Houston Rockets wanting him to stay 

3 Blockbuster NBA trades that could still happen before the start of 2021-22 season
3 Blockbuster NBA trades that could still happen before the start of 2021-22 season

3 Blockbuster NBA trades that could still happen before the start of 2021-22 season

NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets fielding offers for John Wall from multiple teams, including the LA Clippers
NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets fielding offers for John Wall from multiple teams, including the LA Clippers

NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets fielding offers for John Wall from multiple teams, including the LA Clippers

NBA Trade Rumors: Kyrie Irving's agents threaten that the star guard would retire if the Brooklyn Nets trade him
NBA Trade Rumors: Kyrie Irving's agents threaten that the star guard would retire if the Brooklyn Nets trade him

NBA Trade Rumors: Kyrie Irving's agents threaten that the star guard would retire if the Brooklyn Nets trade him

A closer look at John Wall's contract situation: Can the Washington Wizards sign him?
A closer look at John Wall's contract situation: Can the Washington Wizards sign him?

A closer look at John Wall's contract situation: Can the Washington Wizards sign him?

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