With no fixed return date yet for the 2019-20 National Basketball Association campaign, the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly likely to alter next season as well.
The NBA said in a release that more information on a new date for the lottery and combine would be shared at a later date. The lottery was slated to take place on May 19 while the combine was scheduled from May 21 through May 24.
The dates of these two major events in the draft's process haven't been disclosed yet, but the June 25 date of the draft still appears to be untouched. To this point, there has been no official decision on the 2020 NBA Draft, which is now scheduled for June 25.
National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver has been preparing teams for a potential delayed start to the 2020-21 campaign, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
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That number is more than the combined total of the next four countries with the most cases (Spain, Italy, Germany, France). With no significant travel history, the man developed a fever, dry cough, fatigue and loss of taste, according to Dr.
Sources told ESPN that a memo was circulated league-wide, in which the National Basketball Association informed their teams that it would not be "appropriate in the current public health environment", to test their asymptomatic players. There are 259 regular-season games remaining on the schedule.
Meanwhile, the draft itself has not yet been pushed back.
It's no secret that the NFL dominates discussion and eyeballs in October and November when the National Basketball Association is starting up, but instead of trying to compete directly with the United States' favourite league, it's probably more prudent of the National Basketball Association to start in late December when the competition with the NFL is only limited to one month, really. However, the expectation is the draft will also be moved back at the urging of National Basketball Association executives.
Note, the postponement of the Draft Combine & Draft Lottery likely means a postponement for the Draft as well.