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NBA targeting late November for 2020 draft

This would be a full month after its original rescheduled date in October.

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The NBA is now looking at a 2020 NBA Draft date of November 18th, according to Woj.

So it could be two more months until the Kentucky Wildcats’ NBA hopefuls hear their names called on draft night.

The coronavirus has impacted every major sport. From baseball to basketball and everything in between, the virus has wrecked havoc on American life and entertainment.

However, some sports have been impacted more than others, and basketball has certain been among the hardest hit.

Having the season suspended in mid-March, the league resumed its play in late July and has yet to name a single team to the Conference Finals. There could still be a month of play left in the season. That would push the season into early October.

The 2020 NBA Draft would be scheduled just a handful of days later with numerous transactions taking place just days after that when the free agency period opens up.

Those two events were set to take place on October 16 and October 18. While we do not know the new dates, it has been reported that those will be pushed back, likely into November with the new year hopefully starting on Christmas or soon after.

The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania was the first to report the changing of the dates.

This will impact numerous Wildcats. For starters, all five of their starters a season ago have locked themselves into the 2020 draft.

While only Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, Immanuel Quickly and Ashton Hagans have a chance at being draft with Maxey being on the only real first-round talent, the Wildcats will have a fair share of potential draftees.

All five of these players would have had their future altered by what would’ve happened on October 16. Now, they’ll need to wait and see when their life changes forever.

The second of the two dates will impact players like Anthony Davis who could become a free agent if he turns down his team option. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nerlens Noel will also be impacted by the pushing back of the free agency period.

Not knowing the cap structure for next season may also be a reason these events have been postponed.