NBA de­lays draft lottery, com­bine that were set to be held in Chicago

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

The NBA is de­lay­ing the draft lottery and draft com­bine, events sched­uled for Chicago later this month.

The league made the de­ci­sion Fri­day, though it has been ex­pected for some time. The lottery can­not oc­cur un­til the reg­u­lar sea­son is com­pleted or is de­clared over, be­cause team records de­ter­mine the odds that the 14 non-play­off teams will have of se­cur­ing the right to pick No. 1 over­all in the draft.

For now, the draft re­mains sched­uled for June 25 — though that, too, will likely have to change in the com­ing weeks as the league con­tin­ues re­act­ing to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The lottery was to have taken place May 19. The draft com­bine was to have run from May 21-24.

The league typ­i­cally in­vites about 70 play­ers to the com­bine, where some of the can­di­dates work out and play in scrim­mages and oth­ers skip the on­court events en­tirely and just in­ter­view with teams in­stead. The com­bine has also been a chance for teams to con­duct phys­i­cals with play­ers.

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