The NBA trade deadline is right around the corner, but not many people really know when it is. With all the trade rumors that fly around, it’s easy to lose track of time and to not pay attention to a date. But the question of when the actual trade deadline happens to be is one that confuses fans, but the answer isn’t hard.
This year, the NBA trade deadline falls on Thursday, February 20th, which is a week from today. The deadline isn’t when the clock strikes midnight, rather the deadline is at 3:00pm ET, which is when the league will close the transaction wire and more more trades will be allow to be made.
Every deal that is in the works needs to be agreed upon by the deadline or they don’t go through. However, deals will still be announced after 3pm ET on Thursday because deals literally go to the very final second.
Last year we saw some trades made in the final seconds before the deadline and announced afterwords, which will likely be the case again this year.
Everyone is eligible to be traded, including players who have already been traded for. If a player acquired in the season is traded, they much be traded alone and cannot be packaged.
Other than that, it’s pretty much fair game and teams are free to trade as they please. All trades are subject to league approval, which is why some of the bigger trades have already been made or will be made well ahead of the 3:00pm ET deadline.