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Report: NBA extends transactions moratorium indefinitely


Fiserv Forum stands Thursday March 12, 2020, in Milwaukee. The NBA has suspended its season. The Milwaukee Bucks had been scheduled to play the Boston Celtics on Thursday night at the arena. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


The NBA put a moratorium on transactions nearly a month ago.

Yet, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he has no better idea when his league’s coronavirus-forced stoppage will end. An optimistic guess is June. There’s talk of the season continuing into September.

Amid the uncertainty, the transactions moratorium will continue.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This is the only logical way to proceed.

In normal times, player options and (non-rookie-scale) team options must be decided by June 29. Many players’ contracts have guaranteed dates around that time. Those deadlines spark action, including trades.

Everyone ought to know there’s a moratorium on those moves.

Once it becomes clear when play can resume, owners and players will negotiate a new calendar. Until then, everything is paused.