The league has “locked in” Nov. 18 as the date of the NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This decision makes the date official after it had been considered tentative. The date for the draft was previously set for Oct. 16 after June’s annual event was postponed due to the season suspension in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
ESPN Sources: NBA has locked in November 18th for the 2020 Draft. Date had been tentative.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 16, 2020
This news comes as the league office outlines the path forward after the season wraps up at Disney World in early October. Reports last week said that the 2020-21 season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day as key dates are “fluid” at the moment. However, the league committing to Nov. 18 for the draft at least provides a rough date for the NBA’s active offseason to be set in motion.
The Portland Trail Blazers are currently slated to select at No. 16 in the draft. Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report has Portland picking Aaron Nesmith with their selection in his latest predictions.