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Report: NBA Draft Expected to Be Pushed Back to August or September

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Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer relays what league sources have told him regarding the draft.

2019 NBA Draft Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2020 NBA Draft is currently set to take place on June 25 in Brooklyn. However, due to the interruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the draft’s status is potentially up in the air with the season in limbo. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the draft is expected to take place in August or September:

The draft can’t happen until after the 2019-20 season is over, and the league will hold off as long as possible before making any cancellations. League sources expect the NBA to push the draft from June 25 to August or September.

The NFL decided to move forward with its annual draft this year, although they had the advantage of the season already being over. The NBA season saw an abrupt suspension of play with a handful of regular-season games and the playoffs yet to still take place. Portland had 16 games remaining on its schedule to make a run at the Memphis Grizzlies, who are 3.5 games ahead of them for the eighth seed.

You can read more from O’Connor’s draft primer here.