The NBA Board of Governors has reportedly ratified its 22-team return-to-play proposal.
Almost in tandem with that announcement, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA Lottery and NBA Draft have officially been rescheduled – to Aug. 25 and Oct. 15, respectively.
Save that Aug. 25 date as one to watch for the Bulls. Not too many times in NBA history has a team had the chance to secure the No. 7 overall pick three years in a row. Only the Bulls.
Here’s the rest of a potential schedule breakdown, via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Sources: The NBA informed the Board of Governors of scheduled dates:
– 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)
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2020
That is a dizzying turnaround. If the eventual NBA Finals goes to seven games (a potential Game 7 has reportedly been slated for Oct. 12), we could have a champion crowned, a draft executed and free agency all but resolved in just over a week’s time. Then, training camps… Two weeks later?? Then the season starting less than a month after that.
I get wanting to squeeze the calendar for as many games as possible, given revenue lost in a truncated, now fan-less 2019-20 campaign. But, lord, is this ambitious.
Regardless, Bulls fan’s focus can now shift to an offseason unprecedented in length, with many storylines to watch – from draft prep, to a possible coaching change, to further front office evaluation and overall.
Report: NBA Lottery rescheduled for Aug 25, Draft for Oct 15 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago