When is the NBA’s trade deadline for the 2018-19 season? Glad you asked.
Ah, the trade deadline. One of the most magical days on the NBA calendar. A day of endless possibilities where any team can transform into a contender with just a solitary, savvy deal swung their way.
As with any deadline, it stokes the flames of desperation. Player movement spikes as it’s the last chance for some GMs to gear up for the playoffs while others stock up assets for the future. We spend the day constantly reloading our Twitter feeds to make sure we ingest the latest breaking news as fast as possible, as Woj and Shams go head-to-head.
The glorious day will be happening Thursday, Feb. 7 with the final buzzer sounding at 3 p.m. ET.
The nebulous fog of rumors makes it impossible to see your computer screen. All work grinds down to a halt as every trade is tracked, digested, and initial hot takes are spat out by armchair analysts.
The past three seasons averaged 9.3 trades made on deadline day alone, with last year gifting us with a dozen separate moves. The headline of 2017-18 was the Cavaliers turning over half their roster with divisive players and questionable fits (which, full disclosure, I thought were good at the time).
The deadline strikes eight days before All-Star Weekend. Unfortunately, that means we won’t get another Boogie Cousins situation unfolding in the locker room after the ASG like two seasons ago. But one thing’s for certain, deadline day will be anything but boring.
Everybody loves the deadline, not only because trades are fun, but pipedreams and outlandish scenarios turn into feasibilities. Anything is possible. Mark your calendars and set your Google alerts now, on Feb. 7 you have a date with your timeline and the rest of NBA Twitter.