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NBA sets draft date and withdrawal deadline

(USA Today)

(USA Today)

The NBA has officially set dates for the draft, the early entry and withdrawal deadline, and free agency, among other key events.

This morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the NBA Draft has been confirmed for October 16, with an early entry deadline set for August 17 and a withdrawal date set for Oct. 6.

With this news, players will be able to pull their names out just ten days prior to the draft.

In other dates of interest, free agency will open on Oct. 18, with a moratorium period on deals set for Oct. 19-23.

Negotiations with free agents will start at 6 p.m. ET on Oct. 18.

Earlier this month, the NBA tentatively set the Draft Lottery for August 25 to determine the first 14 selections, followed by the NBA Draft on October 15.

The NBA’s Board of Governors has also voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando starting on July 31 and set to last through October.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for NBA sets draft date and withdrawal deadline



  1. UKLugo
    11:33 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Any word on a Combine?



  2. Park
    12:00 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    “Early entry deadline set for August 16th”? Doesn’t this mean Sarr can declare for the draft? Wouldn’t this throw out a major point of his waiver claim?



  3. RDF922
    12:11 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    True.
    Once again the NBA doing its main farm system (college basketball) no favors!



  4. SuperTroy18
    12:57 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    So, all our guys that declared are for sure done with their eligibility, right? I know some rules have changed, and of course I don’t expect anyone back; but seeing that Nick and maybe EJ aren’t even on some draft boards makes me think the option for them to return would still be possible should they go undrafted. I know it used to be that if you hired an agent, you were ineligible or return. I thought that rule changed recently though. Still not sure what the case for each player and sport is nowadays.