NBA announces decision to postpone draft lottery, scouting combine
The NBA has announced a decision to postpone the upcoming draft lottery and scouting combine due to the ongoing pandemic. The league made the announcement on Friday.
“The NBA today announced the postponement of NBA Draft Lottery 2020 and NBA Draft Combine 2020, both scheduled to take place later this month in Chicago,” the league 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.”
In March, the NBA was one of the first sports leagues to stop operations when one of its players tested positive for COVID-19. The league has suspended all operations, though it is hoping for a return in some form later this month.
With the NBA’s decision to delay the two events, college players who have entered their name in the NBA Draft this year may have limited time to receive an evaluation — if any at all — from scouts and consider which option is best. It could lead to several players returning to the college game who had previously thought about turning pro.