The NBA will hold its draft Oct. 16 with free agency to open two days following it, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday morning. The dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay of the 2019-20 season conclusion.
Source: NBA Draft will be on October 16, with early entry deadline on August 17.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2020
Source: Early entry withdrawl date: October 6 -- 10 days prior to draft. https://t.co/JzS7rXsW06— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2020
The early entry withdrawal date will be Oct. 6, per Wojnarowski, for college prospects who decide they don’t want to enter the draft. The college basketball season typically begins the first week of November. The NCAA has pushed back its deadline for student-athletes to withdraw from the draft and retain eligibility from June 3 to Aug. 3.
Source: Free agency opens on October 18 still, with moratorium period on deals October 19-23.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2020
Teams and free agents will be allowed to start negotiations at 6 pm. on Oct. 18, per Wojnarowski.
The NBA’s Board of Governors approved commissioner Adam Silver’s plan to resume the NBA season and set a new calendar for the league’s pivotal dates earlier this month.
The draft was initially set for June 25 — next week — and then reportedly proposed for Oct. 15, three days after the final date allowed for the NBA playoffs in Disney World’s Wide World of Sports. Teams will now have at minimum 96 hours for official business between a season end and the draft.
That start of the 2020-21 season is tentatively set for Dec. 1, but as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, anything can change within days.
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