Report: NBA Expected to Move 2020 Draft to August or September Due to COVID-19

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2020

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With the 2019-20 NBA season suspended because of the coronavirus, the league is expected to delay the 2020 draft.

According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, "league sources expect the NBA to push the draft from June 25 to August or September."

The draft order is based on the final standings, which won't be clear until the season officially ends. As O'Connor noted, the NBA will "hold off as long as possible" before canceling the rest of the regular season.

According to Jabari Young of CNBC, team executives have called on the NBA to cancel the remainder of the season out of safety concerns. However, the league continues to consider plans for a restart.

Shams Charania of Stadium reported Disney World Resort could be an option as a centralized location for games.

In the meantime, teams can't plan for the NBA draft without an idea about the order.

The draft lottery is scheduled for May 19, but Anthony Slater of The Athletic reported that it's "unlikely" to take place on that date.

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With teams also unable to host prospects for workouts or hold the combine because of travel restrictions, a lot of draft hurdles remain.