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When is the NBA trade deadline 2022? Date, time, latest rumors, news & top targets

With the NBA back in full swing, it’s only a matter of time until trade season really kicks into high gear.

The 2021 trade deadline was pushed back to late March because of the unusual December start for the 2020-21 campaign. Now that the league is back on a typical calendar, the deadline will roll back to early February.

Front offices still have time to evaluate their rosters, but trade rumors could start flying with more frequency next month. A significant portion of NBA players who signed contracts this past offseason will become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15, giving teams far more flexibility when it comes to constructing deals.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NBA trade deadline.

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When is the NBA trade deadline?

  • Date: Feb. 10, 2021
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 10. The cutoff point is 3 p.m. ET, though the news of some trades 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 middle of trade talks since the 76ers were eliminated from the 2021 NBA playoffs, and he will remain at the center of those conversations until Philadelphia pulls the trigger. This saga has taken so many twists and turns that it’s impossible to predict how it will end.

Kyrie Irving, Nets: Brooklyn has taken calls from teams about Irving, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Nets haven’t reached out to suitors looking to get rid of the seven-time All-Star. This situation will be worth monitoring, especially if Irving remains ineligible to play as the deadline approaches.

Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III, Kings: Hield was nearly traded to the Lakers during the offseason before Los Angeles ultimately decided to acquire Russell Westbrook. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him on the move. Bagley, meanwhile, desperately needs a fresh start after falling out of the rotation.

Goran Dragic, Raptors: Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said before the season that Toronto wanted to keep Dragic after adding him to the roster as part of the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade deal. However, Dragic has been getting the “DNP — coach’s decision” treatment, so it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which he stays in Canada past the deadline.

Terrence Ross, Magic: One of the oldest players on Orlando’s roster, Ross just isn’t a great fit for a rebuilding team. Multiple contenders will likely call the Magic in the hopes of landing a solid bench scorer.

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