Draft picks trades have to be completed before 2:00PM

Larry Coon helps answer this question. Thanks, Larry!

There is a 2PM Eastern deadline (11AM our time), but that’s just to freeze the order of teams picking — and the freeze is only for trades that include draft picks (i.e., trades that would affect the draft order). Once the draft commences, teams are free to make trades including picks, but it will be “Team A drafting for Team B” types of trades.

When draft trades do happen, teams usually wait until the pick is made, so they can be sure a player they want is still available. Once they agree, and the team drafts for the other team, the league is notified. At the draft, the league actually staffs their lawyers backstage for quick turnaround. The lawyers review the terms (using the RealGM trade checker), and if they approve it, it’s given to Stern to announce.

Should put you out of your misery. Only a few hours left…

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  • Brandon

    Only one hour left…so let me guess. Another year the Lakers do nothing before the draft. Well at least they didn’t trade away Bynum and Lamar just to make a deal. I’d much rather they wait for the right deal then just make a deal. (Kwame for Caron).

  • KB24withKG21

    i agree with you.its gonna be the same as old times…..

  • k0be da 1 andonly

    It really doesnt matter if we get him before or after the Draft, Hell id rather have him after the Draft then not have him at all

  • kisofdeath

    about 45 min left….do the trades have to be announced by 11 am?

  • kgmvp

    does this mean on the draft tonight no deals will be done????

  • kisofdeath

    ^^^deals will be done but its a deal where the player drafted is traded not the actual pick…for example i draft corey brewer then trade him for ray allen or something

  • Lakerboy248

    Do something and do it now!

    End this suspense once and for all!!!!!!!!

  • kgmvp

    thank you kissofdeath

  • BringDFishBack

    Like it says in the article few teams do it before. They wait to see if the player they want is available at the pick they’d be getting. It makes no difference as to weather they do it before or after. Team A either gets the pick and picks the player they want, or Team B picks whoever Team A told them to pick, and then trades them that player.

  • kb24

    if the trade happens there not gonna tell us till the draft.

  • lakerfan81

    [quote post="375"]. They wait to see if the player they want is available at the pick they’d be getting. It makes no difference as to weather they do it before or after. Team A either gets the pick and picks the player they want, or Team B picks whoever Team A told them to pick, and then trades them that player.[/quote]

    That is exctly how it works. Two teams make a deal. If player A is available Pick and snd we’ll give you Player B for player A. This should be an interesting Draft tonight. I think there will be a lot of trades that happen. Portland seems really interested in trading Randolph. So I suspect that will happen tonight. Though I’d keep Randolph. He could play the PF position where he is better suited to play anyways. A front court of Oden and Randolph would be pretty impressive

  • kb24

    five minutes left

  • kisofdeath

    ^^^they have lamarcus aldridge….so lamarcus and oden is gonna be crazy

  • ONE
  • kgmvp

    pls. i hope there is a blockbuster deal or a simple deal i´m hungry for trades!!!!!!

  • lakerfan81

    [quote post="375"]Here is what the Lakers should do to get Garnett….IT WORKS!!!!!!![/quote]

    Then you would have a two man team of Kobe and Garnett. As good as Kobe and KG are I don’t think they could Take on a 5 man team by themselves

  • kisofdeath

    11 o clock a deal hopefully a deal is done…when will we find out? before draft or during?

  • ONE

    well, Magic J still got at least a year left in him

  • KOBEISKING

    guys its 11 no deal was done we’re screwed

  • KOBEISKING

    we screwed I hate kupchak son of a *****