NBA draft lottery and combine likely to be postponed

Anthony Edwards
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Now that the calendar has flipped to May, the NBA will soon have some decision-making about various aspects of the season.

The draft lottery on May 19 and combine on May 21-24 will be among the first issues to figure out.

It’s expected “both events will soon be postponed officially,” according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

There’s still hope that the season resumes at some point, but it wouldn’t make sense for the NBA to carry on with the pre-draft process.

The lottery is tied into final regular season standings and those standings could change if the season resumes.

As a result, the lottery will have to wait.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic heard from one executive that front offices would likely want at least three weeks or so between the lottery and the draft to give teams time to adjust to their exact placement.

For the combine, the league could look into virtual alternatives for the event.

Teams could likely push the NBA for a way to have access to players’ medical information that would usually be collected at the combine.

*Update: Adrian Wojnarowski confirms the NBA has postponed the draft lottery and combine that were scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois:

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