The NBA trade deadline is a bit earlier than normal this season.
This season the trade deadline is a bit earlier than normal for the NBA.
Teams will have to until 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 7 this year to get trades into the league office. Paperwork needs to be filed to the league office before 3 p.m. ET so that trades can be considered valid. News of trades can still trickle out after 3 p.m.
This puts the deadline about a week before the All-Star Break, instead of after like it has been in the past.
The playoff eligibility waiver deadline is on March 1. So players who aren't traded by Feb. 7 could still end up on new playoff teams if released prior to this. However, unlike MLB, NBA teams are unable to trade players after the deadline.
This year's key players to watch around the deadline include Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks, Enes Kanter of the Knicks and Jabari Parker of the Chicago Bulls. Major stars like Anthony Davis and Jimmy Butler aren't expected to be on the move.