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2020 NBA Draft could be delayed until fall

There are still a lot of unknowns.

NBA: Draft Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a chance The 2020 NBA Draft could be delayed from June until August or September due to the coronavirus outbreak.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently appeared on SportsCenter and said the only way the draft stays as scheduled is if the remainder of the NBA season is canceled.

“I think any scenario where the draft happens, I think it’s very likely going to be still at the back end of the playoffs,” Woj said. “You would still have a time when you would have the draft and free agency so, potentially, if the season is resumed at some point and the league is playing in July and August, and maybe even into September, it’s possible you don’t have a draft and free agency until those Finals are over.”

As of now, the draft is scheduled for June 25 with a deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET on April 26 for underclassmen to declare for the draft and the withdrawal deadline set for 5 p.m. ET on June 15.

Five Kentucky Wildcats are expected to enter the draft per John Calipari. While no names have been mentioned, it will likely be Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery. Immanuel Quickley Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey who declare.

With uncertainty in the pre-draft process due to the pandemic, it comes as no surprise the date of the draft is up in the air.