Regular season | NBA Playoffs | Trades

Regular season

Teams in the National Basketball Association must reduce their Active List to a maximum of 12 players the day before the beginning of the NBA season.

Teams must have at least eight eligible players dressed and able to play in a regular season game. Teams failing to comply are subject to fines.

When a player on the Active List is unable to play due to injury or illness, a team may place him on its Injured List. Any player placed on the Injured List who is replaced by another player on his team's Active List must sit out at least five of his team's regular season games before he may be restored to the Active List. (For injuries occurring when a team has less than five games remaining in the regular season, the injured player must remain on the Injured List only for as many games as remain in the regular season.)

Any player may be placed on the Suspended List by his team or by the Commissioner for failure to fulfill his contractual obligations, or for failure to comply with training schedules or other disciplinary rules or procedures. Any player placed on the Suspended List who is replaced by another player on his team's Active List must sit out at least five of his team's regular season games before he may be restored to the Active List.

In the second week in January, all existing player contracts are guaranteed for the full season. Teams may now sign free agents to 10-day contracts solely for the purpose of replacing an injured player. A team can renew a player's 10-day contract, but must waive or sign the player for the remainder of the season after the player has fulfilled two such contracts.

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The NBA Playoffs

Each team that qualifies for the NBA Playoffs must submit a list of its players eligible to compete in playoff games on the day following the end of the regular season.

Because there is no Injured List for the NBA Playoffs, each playoff team must designate the 12 players eligible for the playoffs from all of its regular season lists (Active, Injured and Suspended).

A player who is on the Injured, Active or Suspended List at the end of the regular season, but who is not designated for playoff eligibility, need not be waived. He remains on the appropriate regular season list through the NBA Playoffs.

Teams must have at least nine eligible players dressed and able to play in a playoff game. Teams failing to comply are subject to fines.

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Trades

Teams may trade players until the Trading Deadline on the 16th Thursday of each season. Teams may resume trading at the end of the regular season, except that no playoff team may trade a player on its playoff roster until the team is eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.

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