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Update on NBA Draft and 2-part combine dates

The NBA Draft won’t be till at least late November, and there will be a unique combine this year.

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After initially being in late June, the NBA Draft is now in late November. The coronavirus forced the NBA to suspend operations in the middle of March. The draft was then in limbo, especially as the league watched the National Football League do their draft virtually.

Instead, the NBA, opting to finish their season, decided to just push it back.

The October 16 date with free agency starting on October 18 would’ve been ideal had the league’s concern for their revenue not interrupted the plan. That’s partly why they decided to move free agency back.

The salary cap for the 2020-2021 season is projected to decline, but we don’t know by how much. That said, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Nov. 18 date for the draft with free agency likely to commence in the days following.

“The NBA is targeting Nov. 18 as a new date for the 2020 draft, pending discussions with league owners and general managers in separate meetings on Thursday and Friday, according to a memo obtained by ESPN,” NBA reporter Wojnarowski.

The draft is usually preceded by the NBA combine. It’s a time where scouts can get an up-close and personal workout with prospects. That’s going to be different moving forward as well.

This is how The Athletic and Stadium reporter Shams Charania phrased how the combine will be held.

The NBA is one of the most coronavirus-conscious league in the world. They’re doing what they can to make sure their players are safe. For scouts, that could hamper their ability to get a firm grasp on the prospect with no workouts possible.

Kentucky is sending all five starters from their 2019-2020 team to the draft, but only four players have a real shot at being draft with Tyrese Maxey as the only projected first-round pick.