NBA reportedly looking at Nov. 18 date for NBA Draft

NBA draft date

It’s not about the lack of workouts or interviews with potential draftees. It’s certainly not about the lack of time to watch film and prepare for a draft (during the NBA’s hiatus, front office’s did mountains of draft prep).

It’s about the money. Specifically, where next season’s salary cap will be set — trades can’t happen until that number is in place.

Trades are a big part of draft night, which is why the NBA is looking at a Nov. 18 date for the 2020 NBA Draft, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Setting a salary cap number means the league has to finalize revenue for this upended season, project next year’s revenue (good luck with that), and negotiate with players’ union if there is going to be smoothing. That’s not happening overnight.

Pushing back the NBA draft date also means pushing back the start of free agency (which would now come in November and likely bleed into the Thanksgiving holiday) and, ultimately, the start of next season. All of those dates are still up in the air.

There is a willingness in some quarters of the league to push the start of next season back to February or later, making it more likely fans will be able to be in arenas for some, or most, of next season. Fans in buildings account for 40% of league revenues, according to Adam Silver. However, that later start means the season would conflict with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23 and would feature a number of NBA players representing nations from around the globe. The league is trying to find a solution, but like everything else coronavirus-related, there are no good options, just degrees of bad.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft whenever it takes place. So long as they don’t trade it.

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