2020 WNBA draft date, more
The 2020 season is quickly approaching and so is the WNBA Draft, which is currently set for Friday, April 17.
That’ll be 12 days after the 2020 NCAA women’s basketball champion is crowned in New Orleans on April 5. It’s also an important date for players who want to enter the draft early. They must inform the WNBA at least 10 days prior to the event, so they’ll have until April 7.
The draft order is currently: 1. New York, 2. Dallas, 3. Indiana, 4. Atlanta. Take a look at the full order of the first round in our latest 2020 WNBA Mock Draft.
Here are other upcoming key dates, in chronological order:
Jan. 28: Teams can begin negotiating with free agents. Some organizations, like Chicago, have already sent out qualifying offers to restricted free agents, to retain them. If a restricted free agent signs an offer with another team, the team that holds the player’s rights (their current team) has four days match that offer. If the player’s current team matches, the player stays with the team they are on. If the team does not match within four days, the player becomes a member of the team they signed the offer with. Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with any team, as long as that player isn’t “cored,” designated as a core player, by their team.
Feb. 10: Teams can start signing players to contracts.
April 17: The draft.
April 26: Training camps begin.
May 14: Rosters must be finalized.
May 15: The WNBA season begins. Here’s the first look at the 2020 WNBA schedule, including a few of the most anticipated early games.
July 11 through Aug. 13: Olympic break.
The league did note that some dates were subject to change, but here are other key dates.
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