The 2016 NBA Trade Deadline is set for Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 pm ET, meaning no team in the league can make a trade after that time. The deadline comes on the last day of the All-Star break, giving teams a full week to focus on trades.
NBA teams still have 30 games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs start following the deadline.
Following that date, teams can only acquire non-free agents is off waivers. When a player is waived, teams around the league have 48 hours to claim him for his exisiting salary. If a player doesn't get claimed during that 48-hour period, he "clears waivers" and becomes a free agent.
Players who are waived after March 1 are not eligible to be on a team's playoff roster.
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