The NBA announced on Friday that the 2020 Draft Lottery and Combine have been postponed.
Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. However, it’s not safe to hold them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA Draft, which is scheduled to take place on June 25, hasn’t been postponed yet.
NBA teams are encouraging the league to push the draft from June 25 to no sooner than August 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony. Pushing the draft back would give teams more time to prepare for the event. Teams can conduct virtual interviews with prospects but are limited to just four hours a player; they can also study film.
While the league looks into resuming the season, the draft can’t happen during the season. The draft will have to wait until the season concludes one way or another. It could be pushed back to August or September, according to Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer.
The NFL held their draft virtually last week. The NBA could consider holding the draft virtually no matter when it is.