Report: NBA Tentatively Planning to Allow in-Person Draft Interviews in October

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIISeptember 11, 2020

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces the New Orleans Pelicans' selection of Duke's Zion Williamson with the first pick in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The NBA is preparing to permit teams to host in-person interviews with prospects ahead of the 2020 draft. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, interviews could begin in mid-October, though in-person workouts are still prohibited at this point. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium adds the league is also working to allow in-market medicals before the draft.

The NBA is "targeting" a Nov. 18 draft date, but that is far from certain, according to Wojnarowski. Most likely, the event will take place virtually, much like the NFL and WNBA drafts earlier this year. Teams would set up "war rooms" at their facilities as opposed to general managers working from their homes, as the NFL did in April. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves own the No. 1 pick with the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets selecting second and third, respectively. 

Guards LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards are projected as the top picks this year with big man James Wiseman pushing for the No. 3 spot.  

Part of the reason the draft date hasn't been scheduled is because of uncertainty surrounding the start date of the 2020-21 season. ESPN notes there is still "no clarity" on when the next season would begin, but the league is working to ensure teams have at least eight weeks notice before opening night. 

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Previously, the NBA tentatively scheduled early December for the start of the season. No concrete dates were ever submitted. 

Charania reports the league is "aiming" for a full 82-game regular season in 2020-21 with a start date no sooner than Dec. 25. The NBA also prefers in-market competition with reduced travel and limited fan capacity at games.