The 2023 NBA trade deadline is set for Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Which teams will be making deals ahead of that deadline, and how will that impact the landscape of the NBA heading into the 2023 playoffs?
There have been only three in-season trades to date, but after an offseason that saw multiple All-Stars dealt for a bevy of draft picks, there could be a lot more movement as the deadline gets closer. Will the Los Angeles Lakers, currently on the outside of the play-in tournament, make a big move to help LeBron James, who is on the verge of becoming the NBA’s career scoring leader?
Get all of the news, intel and analysis from our experts here, including trade grades and destinations for every player who could be on the move.
3:04 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving and Markieff Morris to the Dallas Mavericks for Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks to the Nets in exchange for Irving, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
8:06 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers have reportedly joined the list of teams interested in trading for Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are also among the list of teams with reported interest in Irving, per Wojnarowski.
4:26 p.m. ET: Kyrie Irving’s trade request has actually sparked more interest among NBA teams in Kevin Durant‘s reaction, sources told ESPN senior reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. Durant requested a trade from the Nets in July, but rescinded it prior to the start of the season. Durant is under contract until the 2026 offseason.
3:39 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks are expected to explore the possibility of trading for Kyrie Irving, sources told ESPN senior reporter Tim MacMahon and senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison and coach Jason Kidd have a longstanding relationship with Irving.
3:19 p.m. ET: Brian Windhorst said on “NBA Today” that besides the LA Clippers being an option for a team that might explore a trade for Kyrie Irving, “the other teams on a very short list are the Dallas Mavericks … and the Miami Heat.” The Mavericks, as Windhorst said, are “a team that people in the league are keeping an eye on.”
3:13 p.m. ET: Kyrie Irving has not shared a list of trade destinations with the Nets, but he has interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers and reuniting with LeBron James, sources told ESPN senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
1:58 p.m. ET: Star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the trade deadline, a source told ESPN senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Irving opted into his $36.5 million player option instead of hitting free agency back in June, but now reportedly wants to play elsewhere despite the fact that Brooklyn is 31-20 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
3:30 p.m. ET: Ahead of the trade deadline, teams around the league are paying close attention to the Toronto Raptors and the availability of forward O.G. Anunoby. Brian Windhorst said on “NBA Today” that if the Raptors are willing to accept offers for O.G. Anunoby, “I believe, conservatively, there could be six or seven different teams — a lot of them contenders for the title this year — who are willing to put in a significant offer for him.”
4:55 p.m.: Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game that this year’s trade deadline feels different than in past years. “I’ve talked to a lot of GMs, and I ask what they’re trying to do. They’re like, ‘I don’t even know what to do. I think we’re good enough, but we’re .500.’ That’s unique,” Myers said. “This year is different because there are less sellers. I think the league thought more teams would clearly be out on the playoffs at this time. That’s not the case. There aren’t a lot of teams making the decision that the season is lost. … If 22 of the 30 teams in the league are all wanting to get better, it doesn’t make for a lot of trading partners.”
5:30 p.m.: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has agreed to a two-year, $60 million contract extension that includes an additional $17.1 million renegotiation on his 2022-23 salary, his agent, Austin Brown of CAA Sports, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Despite the new contract, Turner remains eligible to be traded.
9 p.m.: After acquiring Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards, Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka was asked whether the team’s pursuit of deals leading up to the Feb. 9 trade deadline would include parting with the franchise’s 2027 and 2029 first-round picks to complete a deal. “I think the calculus for the Lakers is to win a championship or not. There’s no in-between or incremental growth,” Pelinka said. “So as we analyze opportunities, we have to do it through that lens.”
12:39 p.m.: The Lakers are finalizing a deal to acquire forward Rui Hachimura from the Wizards for guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hachimura has averaged 13.0 points per game this season, the final year of his rookie contract. He is slated to be a restricted free agent this summer.
11:23 p.m.: Wizards forward Rui Hachimura addressed the trade rumors swirling around him with reporters after the team’s win over the Orlando Magic, saying “I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game.” When asked whether Washington is that place, he replied: “I don’t know. We’ve got to find out.” Hachimura declined to comment when asked whether he had requested a trade.
7:35 p.m.: Are the Atlanta Hawks struggling to find a trade partner for forward John Collins? ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on “NBA Countdown” that Collins’ contract, which has $75 million remaining on it beyond this season, is giving teams some pause. “There are some teams, such as Utah, that would like a draft pick with Collins to offset that money,” Wojnarowski said. “Landry Fields, the new general manager in Atlanta, he does not see John Collins as a money dump.”
6:30 p.m.: Could Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell, who is slated to be a free agent this summer, be a player to watch at the trade deadline? “As we get closer to that Feb. 9 deadline, there’s going to be some decisions to be made about D’Angelo Russell’s future and if there’s a deal out there where they potentially bring back a guard who maybe has more years left on his contract,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on “SportsCenter.”
4:15 p.m.: Is Luka Doncic putting pressure on the Dallas Mavericks‘ front office to upgrade the roster ahead of the trade deadline? Owner Mark Cuban says no. “Luka has never suggested, asked, demanded or discussed changes to the roster,” he said. “Luka and [general manager] Nico [Harrison] have a great relationship. They talk almost daily. Luka knows exactly what we have going on and is very supportive.”
8 a.m.: Could the Toronto Raptors be a major player at the trade deadline? “Their guys are better than whoever else might be available,” an East executive told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “They’ll have plenty of interest if they’re out there.” Full story »
2:02 p.m.: The Celtics are trading Noah Vonleh and cash to the Spurs, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Vonleh, who had a non-guaranteed contract, played 23 games for Boston this year, averaging 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.4 minutes.
8 a.m.: Why haven’t the Phoenix Suns traded Jae Crowder yet? Their ownership situation is complicating things, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports in the weekly Hoop Collective column. Writes Windhorst: “[Suspended team owner Robert] Sarver still has to give personal sign-off on any deal for a player with a salary that is more than the current ‘average player salary,’ multiple league sources confirmed to ESPN. This would include any luxury tax payments, which the Suns are currently projected to pay.” Full story »