NBA postpones draft lottery, combine due to coronavirus

NBA Draft Lottery, Combine Likely To Be Postponed Soon

Coronavirus: NBA postpones draft lottery and combine

An announcement that's sure to create ripples for how the National Basketball Association might look to tackle resuming this season and how it might operate next season. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago starting on Thursday, May 21, and ending on Sunday, May 24.

The NBA said in a release that more information on a new date for the lottery and combine would be shared at a later date. To this point, there has been no official decision on the 2020 NBA Draft, which is now scheduled for June 25.

For the league, it's not only a question of players, but fans as well. There are 259 regular-season games remaining on the schedule.

There is support within the National Basketball Association for the 2020-21 season to start in December and extend through late July or August.

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If this is the case, and the league is able to resume play in June or July, that would, by proxy, have to push back the date of the draft and, perhaps more importantly, the off-season.

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As O'Connor notes, moving the draft back also has the benefit of giving scouts more time to evaluate players in a draft that will nearly certainly have no pre-draft workouts or a combine after little in the way of postseason tournaments which also play a role in creating evaluative information. However, the expectation is the draft will also be moved back at the urging of National Basketball Association executives.

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