The NBA has circled November 18 on its calendar for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nov. 18 date, which had been tentative in discussions with league owners and general managers, has now become concrete.
The draft was initially scheduled for October 16 before the NBA and NBPA elected to push back key dates such as the draft, free agency and the start of the 2020-21 season.
In the official press release announcing the draft will now be held on Nov. 18, it states, "the date remains subject to change as circumstances warrant."
This is the first rescheduled date to be announced, as dates for free agency and the season’s start remain unknown.
The 2020-21 season was scheduled to begin on December 1, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated at the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery it would likely be delayed.
"December 1, now that we're working through this season, is feeling a little bit early to me," Silver told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "Our number one goal is to get fans back in our arenas. My sense is, in working with the Player's Association, if we could push back even a little longer and increase the likelihood of having fans in arenas, that's what we would be targeting."
The league’s office recently informed team owners that the 2020-21 start will be no sooner than Christmas Day. But as Shams Charania reported, the start date remains fluid.
While we wait, there’s still plenty of NBA action left to enjoy as the league completes its 2019-20 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
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