The NBA is expected to move the 2020 draft from June 25 to either August or September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The draft can’t happen until the 2019-2020 season is over and the league “will hold off as long as possible before making any cancellations,” according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
O’Connor also notes that front office executives and scouts will have a lot of time to prepare for what is a complicated draft due to the lack of in-person workouts and interviews.
It was already going to be difficult, as there seems to be a lack of consensus about the top prospects and who will be drafted No. 1.
Several players including LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, Obi Toppin, James Wiseman, Cole Anthony, Tyrese Haliburton, Deni Avdija and Killian Hayes are among those top prospects.
In early April, it was reported that teams were trying to convince the league office to push the draft to no sooner than Aug. 1, as information gathering on prospects remains limited.
Time will tell if the originally-reported Aug. 1 date is realistic, or if it will need to be pushed to September.