NBA confirms Nov. 18 draft date

The NBA confirmed on Wednesday that it will hold the 2020 draft on Nov. 18.

Multiple reports emerged over the past few week that the draft date would be moved again as the NBA attempts to return to normalcy following a hiatus of more than four months necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN will broadcast the draft, but the NBA didn’t announce whether it would be held virtually or in person. The league’s statement added the date is subject to change “as circumstances warrant.”

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick in the draft.

With the NBA playoffs still in progress, the league said the new dates gives teams additional time to conduct the 2020 pre-draft process, gather more information about the potential start date for the 2020-21 season and advance conversations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association regarding related Collective Bargaining Agreement matters.

The season is not expected to start before Christmas Day.