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.