It's NBA trade deadline season, which means plenty of rumors flying everywhere and, if it's anything like last year, perhaps some action. Here is a quick primer on what you need to know.
When is the NBA trade deadline?
All trades must be sent to the NBA by 3 p.m. ET Thursday, Feb. 17. That means that while trades might still be getting reported in the hours afterward, things usually are sewn up and clarified by the end of the business day Thursday.
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Can trades happen after the NBA trade deadline?
No. Major League Baseball has a system that allows teams to trade players who clear waivers. The NBA does not. Waiving a player makes him a free agent. In the NBA, teams will have to wait until after their seasons end to make trades.
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