NBA Trade Deadline February 2018
So the NBA trade deadline is today at 3:00 p.m. Indeed, there has already been some activity. As teams gear up for the remainder of the season; let’s take a look at some of the deals happening.
NBA Salary Cap
With the salary cap being an issue for many teams; the NBA trade market this season seems to be about the Sellers. Indeed, many teams are staying away from wanting to pay luxury tax. Of course, that seems to be the message in the MLB as well.
No doubt, the Owners of many professional sports teams are being more careful about paying luxury tax. With this in mind; many teams are looking to make room for new additions next season.
NBA Trade Activity
In the first place, there has been quite a bit of moves already. At the same time, the Los Angeles Clippers have already traded Blake Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to the Detroit Pistons. For these players, they will receive Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris as well as a conditional 2018 first round pick and a 2019 second round pick.
In addition, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls made a few exchanges. After the Brooklyn Nets dealt Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks for former first round draft pick, Rashad Vaugn and a 2018 second round pick; what’s next?
NBA Trade Countdown
So, today at 3:00 p.m. the deadline is over. No doubt, there are still many big names that could be moved before today’s deadline.
Is LeBron James trying to waive his no-trade clause and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers? For several teams, making a trade can be the difference in making the playoffs. For instance, the Philadelphia Sixers could decide to trade a future draft pick to make the playoffs.
As the clock winds down; there could still be several names moved to contenders. Visit our NBA Standings December post to read more on where your favorite team’s standing was at year-end.
As always, I welcome your comments.