NBA Executives Anticipate A Stronger Trade Market Due To The Draft Being Two Days

Jun 22, 2023; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Victor Wembanyama poses for photos with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected first by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft at Barclays Arena. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA decided to make the NBA Draft a two-night event starting this upcoming June. With Adam Silver adding another change, league executives anticipate a more active trade market on the day of the draft.

While talking with an anonymous Western Conference executive, ESPN’s Jeremy Woo revealed why GMs are excited about the change.

“The increased pressure we face to trade picks from the end of the lottery through pick 60 requires more time to process in the moment.” 

A Western Conference executive told Jeremy Woo

The NBA Draft is a pivotal time for franchises to add future talent to their roster. Allowing managers more time to make deals in the heat of the moment should be a positive for everybody. However, with this being the first year of the draft being two days, it will be interesting to see the difference.

Executives will have the opportunity to evaluate their team needs after the first round and act accordingly. Whether that results in more trades during the draft remains to be seen. The first night of this year’s draft will take place on June 26th.

“Two days allows for the possibility of a longer transaction cycle around the draft and celebrates a signature moment in the league’s calendar.”

Western Conference executive

Silver has never been a commissioner to shy away from making changes if he believes it will benefit the league. The Play-In tournament, In-Season tournament, and newly updated draft night are all examples of that.

The obvious positive for the league in making it two nights is extending the viewership of fans and having two nights of commercials and eyes as opposed to one. Besides diehard NBA fans, it remains to be seen how many casuals will tune into both nights.

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