While the NBA is still trying to figure out if it will be concluding the 2019-20 season, the NBA Draft is also a matter of importance.
Normal circumstances would see the draft process being ramped up for teams that don't see the playoffs in sight, and could land that No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery. But, of course, these aren't normal circumstances and doing the proper evaluations and scouting of NCAA and international prospects must have a different approach.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the league has decided to follow suit with the NFL in that respect. Teams will reportedly be given guidelines that allow virtual meetings with prospects, however there will be no in-person workouts or live video workouts either.
Ahead of their draft at the end of April, the NFL has been allowing teams a certain amount of virtual meetings with top prospects, but they are limited to one hour. No official visits were allowed to take place.
While team scouts have been targeting players who they think might work for their rosters all season long, this is the time when everyone in the organization could begin to focus solely on that and put time into creating draft boards.
When exactly the draft will take place is another big question. If the season is to proceed at some point, the draft date would likely be pushed back from June 25.
Several agents told SNY's Ian Begley that a draft "any later than July" would be worrisome due to draft-eligible players being close to deciding whether or not they want to return to school, or enter the NBA. Those players would wait right up until the start of the fall semester, ruining plans for colleges in the recruiting process, which is why the league playing in August or September seems implausible.
In the meantime, teams will be preparing with the limited resources they have.