NBA postpones combine and draft lottery, considers delaying 2021 season

The NBA approves format to resume season
The NBA approves format to resume season

The NBA has yet to postpone this year’s draft, set for June 25, but they do make changes to the draft lottery and NBA combine Friday.

Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA insider for ESPN tweeted the two events, originally set for May, will be moved back after a conference call with NBA officials.

This could impact several local players like Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev, Joel Ayayi and Killian Tillie as they prepare for an NBA Combine workout. Washington State’s CJ Elleby also declared for this year’s draft without hiring an agent. Tillie will go no matter what, as he graduates this spring.

Wojnarowski also detailed potential changes to next season, they discussed, “moving back the start of the 2020-2021 until December, sources said. Part of that ongoing conversation surrounds the opportunity a delay could give NBA teams to get more fans in arenas for more games next season.”

Resuming the 2019-20 season is still up in the air.