It's about as official as you can possibly get NBA fans. Yesterday, we reported that the NBA had finalized its proposed format to resume the NBA season. After today's scheduled Board of Governors phone call with league commissioner Adam Silver, it looks as if we have answers to a number of lingering questions.
The NBA’s Board of Governors has voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
NBA has set an August 25 Draft Lottery and October 15 Draft, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2020
Finally, we have some answers to when to expect the NBA Draft Lottery and Draft. As details continue to roll in, it's nice to have some clarity or a finish line in sight, of when to start getting extremely excited about draft season. With the national pandemic that is sweeping the world, it's no secret that the NBA will have a quick turn around when it comes to the general NBA offseason. The NBA has said it would like to start the 2020-21 season sometime around Christmas. This would mean that the Draft and a potential "Fall" league for rookies would have to be put together pretty quickly considering the new time frame. But patience and a "wait-and-see" approach are going to be more crucial than ever considering what's going on in the world today.
We also got some more important and specific dates when it comes to restarting the season as reported below by The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Sources: The NBA informed the Board of Governors of scheduled dates:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
- Training camp: June 30, July 7 travel to Orlando
- 2019-20 season: July 31
- Free agency: Oct. 18
- 2020-21 targets: Nov. 10 training camp, Dec. 1 opening night (can remain fluid)
Those all answer some questions as well. It was being discussed heavily that some teams were preferring to fly their teams to Orlando and have their training camps at the Disney World resort. As of now, it looks as if the league is asking teams to have their camps at their home facilities before traveling to Orlando. Like we said before, the upcoming season is going to have a rapid turn around. There were also some discussions that league executives were pushing for the NBA to have Free Agency before the Draft finally, a switch that has been proposed over the years. Looks like that wish was denied again, and Free Agency will start 3 days after the 2020 NBA draft is completed.
Still, as basketball fans today we got a lot of questions resolved and it looks as if we finally have something to finally get excited about again.