When is the NBA trade deadline 2020? Date, time, latest rumors, news & top targetsSporting News — (Jordan Greer)
It has been unusually quiet around the NBA rumor mill, but that could quickly change as the 2020 trade deadline approaches.
With every team past the halfway mark of the regular season, the Eastern and Western Conference playoff races are tight with the seedings changing each day. A big splash or move on the fringe by a contender could make a huge difference in April, May or even June.
The Cavaliers and Jazz broke a dry spell on Dec. 23 with a deal that sent Jordan Clarkson to Utah, the first official trade since the shocking Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook swap on July 11. Could that open the door for several more transactions?
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline.
When is the NBA trade deadline in 2020?
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 6
- Time: 3 p.m. ET | Noon PT
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 6. The cutoff point is 3 p.m. ET, though the news of some trades may emerge shortly after that deadline.
Who are the top targets at the NBA trade deadline?
Jrue Holiday, Pelicans
Holiday has been stuck trying to salvage an injury-plagued season in New Orleans. Executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will likely take calls on Holiday to see if he could land a significant return package, but the price will be high for Holiday's services.
UPDATE: The Pelicans have "really pulled back" in trade talks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and they want to make a playoff push. That means Holiday will probably stay in New Orleans through the deadline.
Kevin Love, Cavaliers
Another year, another round of trade rumors for the five-time All-Star. Wojnarowski reported in early December that the Cavs are willing to listen to offers for Love. Cleveland is searching for young prospects and/or draft picks, but that could be a challenge considering the size of Love's contract (approximately $90 million remaining beyond 2019-20).
Andre Drummond, Pistons
There is an "increasing belief" among outside teams that Drummond will be moved before the deadline, though no deal is imminent. The Hawks expressed interest in Drummond, but they are "no longer engaging" with the Pistons on a deal for him, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Chris Paul/Dennis Schroder/Danilo Gallinari/Steven Adams, Thunder
It will be fascinating to watch how Thunder general manager Sam Presti navigates the deadline. A member of this quartet could really provide a boost to a team's title chances. However, Oklahoma City is currently in playoff position, so if nothing attractive materializes, Presti might decide to keep all of these pieces together.
Andre Iguodala, Grizzlies
Memphis is "certain" it will be able to move Iguodala ahead of the February deadline, according to The Athletic's Omari Sankofa II. He would fit well with the Clippers, Lakers or Rockets in the West, but those teams don't possess a ton of appealing trade assets for a rebuilding team.
Evan Fournier, Magic
The 27-year-old shooting guard is enjoying the best season of his career in Orlando, averaging nearly 20 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line. He is viewed as a likely trade target by executives around the league. Will the Magic listen to potential suitors or focus on staying within the East's top eight?