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2020 NBA mock draft 6.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings’ first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

Without a clear understanding of when NBA basketball will resume, the league has put both the combine and the draft lottery on ice. You can’t set a draft order until final records are tallied. You can’t tally final records until you make a decision on what will happen to the final 18 games of the regular season.

Eligible players had until April 26 to put their name into the draft, although they can still remove themselves from the process up until June 3. It’s a crowded field and players will have very little opportunity to drive up their stock without being able to meet face to face with teams.

There is still a lot that can change between now and draft night, including the draft order and the actual date of both the lottery and draft itself. To add a more realistic spin to the mock, we’ve turned to the draft simulator on Tankathon.com to randomize the lottery order.

Here is a look at NBC Sports California’s 2020 Mock Draft 6.0:

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Kevin Durant’s potential NBA return called ‘$110M question’ by Nets GM

Kevin Durant’s potential NBA return called ‘$110M question’ by Nets GM

If the 2019-20 NBA season resumes at some point this summer, is there a window of opportunity in which Kevin Durant returns to game action?

When asked that question recently, Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks did not explicitly rule out a return for the former Warriors superstar.

“That’s a $110m question,” Marks said with a chuckle to Grant Chapman of New Zealand’s Newshub. “In all seriousness, we’ve tried not to talk about his timeline a lot. He knows his body better than anybody.

“Our performance team and training staff have done a tremendous job getting him to this point, but I just don’t know how coming out of this pandemic will affect anybody, let alone Kevin.”

After this season, KD is owed about $123 million through the 2022-23 campaign, according to Spotrac.com. So it’s unclear why Marks specifically said $110 million.

But that’s not the important part here.

What matters most is that the GM seemingly left the door cracked open for a comeback from KD.

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Before the coronavirus pandemic shut the season down, the two-time NBA Finals MVP repeatedly made it clear that he wasn’t going to play at all this season.

But on March 16 — five days after the league announced the indefinite suspension — KD’s agent, Rich Kleiman, was asked the same question Marks was by Newshub.

“Honestly, not very realistic from my standpoint, and not even spoken about,” he said. “It feels like it clearly was not something that was in the cards prior to all of this. And now, I think — just like the rest of the world — it’s hard to take anything more than day by day.

“But again — I think that Kevin is going to figure out the space that he needs to be in to continue to rehab during this time. But even that is hard to answer at this point, with the new kind of rules that were put in place.”

Everything still is hard to answer seven weeks later.

The safe bet is that we won’t see KD — who ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Golden State’s win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 10 — take the floor again until the 2020-21 season begins.

And when that happens also completely is up in the air.

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