NBA announces dates for 2021 draft, lottery, combine originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
For the second straight season, the NBA draft will not take place in June.
The NBA announced on Monday that it will have its 2021 NBA Draft on July 29, as opposed to its usual mid-June slot.
Instead, the NBA draft lottery and combine will be during when the event is usually held. Last season the draft was held on November 18 due to the months-long season pause as a result of the coronavirus. The NBA Lottery is slated for June 22, while the combine is scheduled for June 21-27.
After defeating Detroit on Saturday night, the Wizards are up to 16-28 overall and have the fifth-best lottery odds with a 10.5% chance at getting the top pick (but most likely to select seventh).
With the NBA expanding the playoff spots to play-in seeding games for the teams that finish 7-10, however, it remains the Wizards' focus to get back in the postseason conversation even without Thomas Bryant. In 13th place, the Wizards are three games back of the Bulls in 10th and six and a half games behind the Heat in 8th.
Watch the Wizards go for back-to-back wins on NBC Sports Washington at 7 p.m. against the 9-seeded Indiana Pacers. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.!