The Warriors know they practically are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Yet they still don't know when the draft -- originally scheduled for June 25 -- actually will take place.
But the latest intel from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is helping us narrow down the date.
ESPN Sources: As the NBA models a 22-team format for a July 31 resumption in Orlando, the proposed timeline for teams as the last possible date for an NBA Finals Game 7: October 12.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 2, 2020
The draft typically falls on the first Thursday after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So if we assume the league maintains that format, the Warriors could be making their selections on Oct. 15.
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To reiterate, we are making an assumption here and it's possible the NBA doesn't follow its normal protocol during these very uncertain times.
But as Woj writes:
The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.
If we apply the same logic for the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which was slated for May 19 -- you can expect it to be held in mid-September.
We might know all of the specifics as early as Thursday because that's when the NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on the NBA's return-to-play proposal.
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