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Reports say the NBA is likely to delay the draft and free agency, and that could inadvertently help the Kings

We'll take all the good news we can get.

Vivek Ranadive, Joe Dumars, Mike Forde, and the rest of the Sacramento Kings organization recently launched a nationwide search to find their future head of basketball operations following the dismissal of former general manager, Vlade Divac. The Kings are expected to take their time with this hiring process, and just received some potentially good news regarding their expected timeline today.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA has been running on an adaptable league schedule with regards to key dates like the NBA Draft, start of free agency, and the beginning of the 2020-21 NBA season. Nothing has been set in stone to this point, but informed speculation has been that the league was targeting mid-Ocober for the start of free agency and the draft, with the 2020-21 season tipping off in December.

According ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, those speculative dates on are the verge of changing.

In team meetings and conversations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the National Basketball Players Association has been preparing its membership for the likelihood that the start of free agency in mid-October could be pushed back several weeks, sources told ESPN.


Because of the uncertainty about next season's projected league revenues, a delay to the Oct. 18 start of free agency would give the NBA and NBPA a chance to better formulate the parameters of the 2020-21 salary-cap and luxury-tax thresholds.

Among many teams, there is interest in connecting the mid-October draft and free-agency periods so that they could be delayed together, sources said.

A delay in key NBA schedule dates can only help the Kings at this point. With the NBA draft and free agency slated for mid-October, there was legitimate fear that interim general manager Joe Dumars would be forced to navigate the Kings roster through those dates just weeks or months prior to the franchise finding their permanent solution at the top of basketball operations.

If Wojnarowski's report holds true, and a schedule delay is coming, Sacramento will be rewarded with more time to find the right candidate, and the likelihood of a temporary general manager making long-term decisions for the franchise is drastically reduced.

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August 20, 2020 1:35 pm

This is nothing but good news for the Kings.

August 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

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August 20, 2020 1:54 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Downvoted for Fusilli Jerry.

August 20, 2020 2:02 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

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August 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

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August 20, 2020 1:52 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Vivek, Matina, and Vivek’s son with the down votes. They were hoping to make the pick this year.

August 20, 2020 2:07 pm
Reply to  AirmaxPG

looks like they signed up for 2 accounts each for the 6 downvotes.

And they may read this site since Hams said Vlades firing was tied to fans outrage on social media.

August 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Wait, am I missing something? Why the downvotes? Lol

August 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

I have a…following. But in the immortal words of Greg, “clickz iz clickz!”

August 20, 2020 2:44 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

Unlike in the previous site on POX, voting here on TKH is anonymous. Perhaps that has something to do with it.

August 20, 2020 2:32 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

I don’t understand. What in Rob’s comment deserved a downvote.

Somebody has an axe to grind. It definitely seems like Vivek etc

August 20, 2020 3:04 pm
Reply to  Amonk81

Vivek clearly disagrees. As does Matina.

August 20, 2020 1:54 pm

Well, it’s about time that this pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands of people finally decided to give something back.

Also, how tragic is it that Woj can’t simply report that league officials met to discuss this, but that they met at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex? Just gross.

August 20, 2020 2:33 pm

All this good news for one week. All I need is PSG to take care of Bayern on Sun and I will be a happy boy.

August 20, 2020 2:58 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

I prefer Bayern, but Neymar is obviously a dangerous player, perhaps the best in the world now, given that he can play at the pace of today’s game, unlike Messi. Mbappe and DiMaria will be a challenge for Bayern, too, of course. I can see Coutinho coming in late to score a match winning goal, or getting a winning assist for Bayern.


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