The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. According to a new report from ESPN, several NBA teams are calling for the draft to be pushed back to at least August 1 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
From Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony:
Multiple top team executives expressed to ESPN their belief that shifting the draft date would give organizations more time to salvage the essential elements of the pre-draft process, possibly allowing for in-person workouts, interviews and medical evaluations of prospects that current social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines make impossible.
Right now, teams can only interview prospects online and review footage from college games or practice sessions that took place before the NBA suspended play a month ago. Until the 2019-20 season is completed, many logistics of the draft, including the order and potential trades, are still up in the air, making it even tougher for teams to decide who to take.
Underclassmen have until April 26 to declare for the draft and, if they don’t sign with an agent, June 15 to withdraw their names and return to school. John Calipari has said five Kentucky players have declared, but only Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans have made it official so far.
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