This Sunday, marks a significant date on the NBA calendar, March 1 is the Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline. If a player is currently on an NBA roster and is working toward a buyout agreement, he must be waived by Sunday in order to be eligible to play for another team in the 2020 NBA playoffs.
This deadline should not be confused with a signing deadline. Players can sign a contract all the way up to 3:00 pm EST on Friday, April 17, the day before the playoffs begin.
So far this year, the following veterans have already worked buyout agreements:
- Marvin Williams – signed with Milwaukee
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – signed with Dallas
- DeMarre Carroll – signed with Houston
- Reggie Jackson – signed with LA Clippers
- Markieff Morris – signed with LA Lakers
With less than a week to go until the waiver deadline, Tristan Thompson is the primary player that teams have their eyes on. Unfortunately for interested teams, Thompson is a Klutch Sports client and no Klutch client has ever given back money in a buyout. That leaves little reason for the Cleveland Cavaliers to let Thompson go.
As teams finalize their rosters for the stretch run, here are the current open roster spots around the NBA:
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