The NBA announced that no trades were submitted to the league office this morning before the 2 p.m. ET deadline, meaning the 2013 NBA Draft order is now officially set.
According to the NBA, no trades were sent in before the 2 pm trade deadline. That means draft order is set.
In short, what this means is that no team can ‘officially‘ move up or down in tonight’s NBA draft. If a trade is to be made, the trade will come after the pick is announced and the team who has the pick will be trading the player, not the actual draft position.
It’s essentially nothing but a formality as teams can continue to talk trades and can agree on deals, but if a trade is to be made the trades will happen until after the draft selection(s).
For example, last year the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats agreed on a trade prior to the draft (but after the deadline) with both the Kings and Bobcats selecting players the opposing team requested, then trading the said parties once all players had been drafted.