The NBA has set the draft date for Oct. 16, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday morning.
The early-entry deadline to declare for the draft is Aug. 17, according to Wojnarowski.
Players who have already applied need not reapply, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Players who have already withdrawn are allowed to re-apply.
The draft lottery is scheduled for Aug. 25. At that time, the Golden State Warriors will know where they will be picking in the first round. From there, they will have about 7.5 weeks to finalize their plans.
With the worst record in the league, the Warriors have a 14% chance of getting the first pick and a 47.9% chance of getting the fifth pick.
Golden State has a 40.1% chance of staying in the top three.
Important to clarify that after the NCAA withdrawal deadline of August 3rd, any collegiate player who enter the NBA Draft (by August 17th) will be in for good. This is all pending NBPA approval, so nothing official yet until that happens.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2020
The deadline to withdraw from the draft is Oct. 6, according to Givony. However, because the NCAA withdrawal deadline is Aug. 3, a player who waits until October to withdraw would not be able to play at school.
Similarly, a prospect who declares for the draft on or around Aug. 17 cannot return to school, as it is after that Aug. 3 deadline.
This will likely not affect the Warriors, whose first-round pick will be in the top five and who do not currently own a second-round pick.
None of the players Golden State is considering in the first round would decide to return to school.
The extra time for undecided international prospects also likely won’t play a role in the Warriors’ decision. LaMelo Ball and Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) wing Deni Avdija are the only two international players in the realm of that Warriors pick, and they have been considered top prospects all season.
If Golden State does trade into the second round, that’s where this deadline could come into play.