After the NBA and NBPA agreed on Tuesday to push back key dates such as the NBA Draft on Oct. 16, the start of free agency on Oct. 18, and the opening of the 2020-21 season, a new target timeframe has emerged for the 2020 draft.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the NBA Draft is now expected to take place in the middle of November, with teams still pushing for “some sort of NBA Combine.”
Multiple team executives told me this past week they expect the NBA draft to take place in the middle of November.
Teams would still like to have some sort of NBA Combine. Pushing the draft date creates more time for a combine after the NBA Finals. It’s all TBD though. https://t.co/JRbvFQ3l6c
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) September 9, 2020
Adam Zagoria is also hearing that the draft will be pushed to “mid-to-late November,” citing numerous sources.
The NBA Draft is how expected to take place in mid-to-late November, per several sources. https://t.co/Wthq0hNue2
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 9, 2020
Prior to the NBA’s mid-season shutdown, along with the league’s restart in Orlando, the draft combine was originally scheduled in Chicago for May, followed by the official draft on June 25.
Instead, the NBA Draft Lottery didn’t even take place until Aug. 20, with the draft combine still unconfirmed, though ESPN previously reported that the league was planning to have a virtual combine held at various regional sites at some point in September.
According to ESPN’s report, invitees will attend various regional team facilities across the country, with team doctors administering physicals at local hospitals and league officials recording body measurables and putting players through physical testing at team facilities. Players will also get tested for the coronavirus at each combine site.
Back in July, NBA general managers voted on players to be considered for the combine, with 105 names making the cut. Among them? Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, and Kahlil Whitney.
Noticeably absent? EJ Montgomery.
NBA GMs are expected to cut the list down to 70 players and send out invitations, with the likes of Hagans and Whitney already confirming they have received official invitations.
As for when Kentucky players get to hear their name called on draft night, the wait continues.