A draft without previous meetings because of the Covid?

The new NBA measures in relation to the draft have generated a stir among different teams. Although face-to-face meetings with the players were allowed in which medical evolutions and training could be carried out, at least half of the League is evaluating the possibility of not having executives in these practices, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

Among the team offices they do not believe that all the consequences that these meetings would entail are worth taking. First, some franchises are located in states that would require a two-week quarantine for travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also the fear that an executive may not go to the draft in the case of contracting the virus.

On the other hand, the NBA established a limit of 10 meetings per organization, with a maximum of two visits per player. This would be one of the most contentious parts, as teams are reluctant to reveal secrets by providing a list of the players that interest them the most. Thus, Givony points out that the League would have received requests to modify these new rules, but it is expected that complications will continue to exist even after changing them.

Unsurprisingly, the teams with the highest picks will be the most interested in attending these sessions, despite the various inconveniences this could entail. After numerous date changes, the draft will take place on November 18, and the different rumors point to the possibility of movements. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to explore the options of trading their pick # 1, while the Knicks could choose to lower positions.

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