The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that the NBA and the players’ union have agreed to push back the start of the offseason, including the draft and the beginning of free agency. The draft was initially scheduled for Oct. 16. The league is now targeting Nov. 18.
Draft is still scheduled in October, but expected to be pushed back. NBPA in memo sent to agents tonight: “All other dates related to the 2020-21 Season are likewise postponed to dates that will later be agreed upon by the NBA and NBPA.“ https://t.co/Axfbmkpo2M— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 8, 2020
Golden State’s general manager Bob Myers will have some extra time to think about what the team will do with its selection. The Dubs have plenty of options, from using the pick on a prospect they feel can come in and help right away, to trading the pick for an established veteran as Myers tries to fill out the roster around the core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The Warriors will hold workouts over the weeks to come to see if any of the available prospects could be a fit with the team. Golden State has been linked to several players, but they’re just rumors for now.
The NBA hasn’t decided on when the 2020-21 season will begin. If the league wants to get back to its original calendar, the regular season can start in early December, with the playoffs wrapping up in June.
Of course, this is all dependent on what happens with the coronavirus. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league will more than likely not use a bubble format — like they are currently in Orlando, Florida — where all 30 teams are staying at a specific campus.
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Which NBA Draft prospect is the most ready to come in and contribute right away? One expert believes Auburn’s Isaac Okoro will be a great fit with the Dubs. (247Sports)
The Warriors have their fair share of misses at the NBA Draft. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman looks back at when Golden State took a big man in the 1990s that turned into a major bust.