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Report: NBA expects teams to conduct interviews with prospects in mid-October

We’ll be updating you on all the key dates leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft tentatively scheduled in November.

Deputy Commissioner of the NBA, Mark Tatum holds up the card of the Minnesota Timberwolves after they get the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft during the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery on August 20, 2020 at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA is expected to allow teams to start interviewing prospects in mid-October ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday. The NBA had to push back the start date of the 2020 draft to a tentative date of Nov. 18 with teams wanting more of a normal pre-draft process. The pushed back date gives teams more time to conduct interviews with a potential combine to be held at some point before the draft.

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the rights to draft No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft Lottery last month. There are a few top prospects at the top of draft boards who could go No. 1 overall, including LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and Obi Toppin. Along with the NBA draft being pushed back, free agency and the start of the 2020-21 season are both expected to be moved back from their initial projected dates.

Now Woj is reporting that even that Nov. 18 date could be pushed back depending on how things go. The plan is still to have a virtual draft similar to how the NFL handled things back in April.