The National Basketball Association has indefinitely postponed the 2020 Draft Lottery and Draft Combine, which were scheduled to take place in Chicago later this month.
The Draft Lottery was scheduled for May 19 and the Combine on May 21-24. Both events have been pushed back due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The Draft Lottery cannot take place until the 2019-2020 regular season is completed or is declared over as the end-of-year standings will determine the odds for non-playoff teams to secure the No.1 Draft pick.
The NBA remains indefinitely suspended and is exploring multiple ways of resuming action, including possibly pushing back the start of the 2020-21 season to December. The league has revised its timetable to allow individual workouts at team facilities to begin no earlier than May 8.
The NBA said in a statement: “More information on each event will be shared at a later date as the NBA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.”
According the ESPN, the NBA Draft – which is scheduled for June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – is likely to also be postponed. The Ringer reports that it could be pushed back to August or September.
The National Football League successfully staged a virtual Draft last month but it was able to do so having held a Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis shortly before the coronavirus shutdown.
The postponements also raise questions whether NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will go ahead as scheduled.