Report: Dubs expect in-person interviews with top draft prospects originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The NBA reportedly got all 30 general managers on a conference call Friday.
And it's very, very safe to assume that Warriors GM Bob Myers is ecstatic at a certain piece of information that was relayed by the league office.
The NBA tentatively expects to allow teams to begin conducting in-person interviews with 2020 draft prospects starting in mid-October, sources tell ESPN. For now, there are still no in-person workouts with prospects allowed by teams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 11, 2020
Sources: The NBA is planning for Draft Combine process beginning later this month with two parts:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 11, 2020
- Mid-September to early October: In-market medicals and on-court; virtual interviews
- Mid-October to Draft date: In-person interviews; no workouts
On many occasions over the last several months, Myers publicly stated his hope that the NBA would give teams clearance to sit down face-to-face with NBA draft prospects.
"I value body language, eye contact and those type of things," Myers said in early June. "Even seeing a guy move within your own gym -- you want to see them. Even if it's 1-on-0. There's value in that.
"And additionally, you're not just hiring someone -- you're guaranteeing them tens of millions of dollars for some of these top picks. The comfort level diminishes the less exposure and interaction you have."
While the league still could allow Golden State's front office to host players at Chase Center, it sounds like these in-person conversations will be conducted at centralized locations.