The NBA is moving toward pushing back this years NBA Draft for the second time, according to ESPN’s Woj. The original June date was pushed back due to coronavirus and the NBA season being on hiatus.
It sounds like a decision on when the draft could be delayed to could come Friday.
On Friday’s board of governors call with the league office, discussions on starting dates for next season ranged from December to March, sources said. There’s still a consensus hope the season can begin sometime in late December or January, sources told ESPN.
The date, as of now, is scheduled for Oct. 16, with Oct. 18 being the start of free agency.
Dec. 1 would be the tentative start date for the following NBA season, thus allowing more time to set a salary cap for teams.
There is no word on how this will affect college basketball and players potentially mulling over whether they would like to enter the draft or not. The deadline was moved from late April until Aug. 4, giving players a chance to re-consider either staying or going.
This won’t have much of an effect on the Kentucky Wildcats, as all of their draft entrees have signed with agents and can’t return to school.
In regards to the NBA season, they will probably follow the scheduled of playing 66 games much like they did in the 2011-2012 season following the lockout. A 66-game schedule would ensure that the season ends around June like it normally would, getting the league back on track.