It’s only a matter of time until the NBA trade season really gets underway.
The 2021 trade deadline was moved to the end of March due to the unusual start of December for the 2020-21 campaign. Now that the league is back on a typical schedule, the deadline will return to early February.
Reception offices still have time to evaluate their lists, but business rumors could start to fly more frequently this month. A significant portion of the NBA players who signed contracts last offseason will be eligible to be traded on Dec. 15, giving teams much more flexibility when it comes to building deals.
Here’s everything you need to know before the 2022 NBA trade deadline.
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When is the NBA trade deadline of 2022?
- Date: February 10, 2022
- Hour: 3 pm ET
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 10. The cutoff point is at 3pm ET, although news from some exchanges may emerge shortly after that deadline.
Who are the top potential targets at the NBA trade deadline?
Ben Simmons, 76ers: He has been in the midst of trade talks since the 76ers were eliminated from the 2021 NBA playoffs, and he will remain at the center of those talks until Philadelphia pulls the trigger. This saga has taken so many twists and turns that it is impossible to predict how it will end.
Kyrie Irving, Networks: Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that Brooklyn “has been open to discussing changes for Irving,” but none of the Nets’ conversations have generated “significant traction.” This situation will be worth monitoring, especially if Irving remains ineligible to play as the deadline approaches.
Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, Pacers: Indiana is open to discussing trades involving some of its veteran players, including Sabonis and Turner, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz. The Pacers have been trying to make the frontcourt pair work for a few seasons, but it looks like they’re ready to break up their duo if a suitor throws a strong offer.
Dennis Schroder, Celtics: Boston landed Schroder to a one-year, $ 5.9 million deal last offseason, and that deal has proven to be one of the league’s biggest bargains. If he maintains his current level of production, the Celtics are unlikely to be able to afford to re-sign him. That means they could explore the commercial market.
Jerami Grant, pistons: Multiple teams have reportedly called up the Pistons on Grant, who is averaging more than 20 points per game for the second straight season. Detroit may be looking to capitalize on the 27-year-old’s value with the team in rebuilding mode. Grant is under contract for just one more season after 2021-22.
Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III, Reyes: Hield came close to being traded to the Lakers during the offseason before Los Angeles finally decided to acquire Russell Westbrook. It would not be a surprise to see it in motion. Bagley, meanwhile, desperately needs a fresh start after a frustrating stage at Sacramento.
Goran Dragic, Raptors: Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said before the season that Toronto wanted to stay with Dragic after adding him to the roster as part of the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade deal. However, Dragic has received the “DNP – coach’s decision” treatment, so it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he will stay in Canada after the deadline.
Terrence Ross, magic: Ross, one of the oldest players on Orlando’s roster, is not a perfect fit for this team. Several contenders are likely to call the Magic in hopes of landing a solid scorer on the bench.
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