NBA targeting March 25 as date for trade deadline

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The NBA is planning to make March 25 the trade deadline for the 2020-21 season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The date only needs approval from the Board of Governors, Charania added. Trade-deadline day usually falls at the beginning of February. It was Feb. 6 in 2019-20.

A 72-game season is scheduled to tip off Dec. 22. Here are the other known key dates:


  • Dec. 1-5: Individual player workouts
  • Dec. 1-5: Media “week”
  • Dec. 6: Group workouts begin
  • Dec. 11-19: Preseason (schedule)
  • Dec. 22-March 4: First half of regular season


  • March 5-10: All-Star Break
  • March 11-May 16: Second half of regular season
  • May 13-15: Class of 2020 Hall of Fame Enshrinment
  • May 18-21: Play-in tournament
  • May 22-July 22: Playoffs

Per Charania, the league is targeting April 9 as the deadline for players to be waived and remain eligible for the postseason.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of Amico Hoops. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for both Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and

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