Sources: Trade deadline is March 15

Updated: December 9, 2011, 8:17 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

NBA teams were informed Friday that the trade deadline for the 2011-12 season will be March 15, sources told ESPN.com.

The deadline falls roughly three weeks later than usual, with the season starting on Christmas Day. The trade deadline typically fell on the first Thursday after the All-Star Game in the previous labor agreement.

NBA front-office sources said Friday that the league also has informed teams that the seven-day window to invoke the new amnesty clause is Friday through ...

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