Why this year’s NBA Draft picks will be 58 instead of 60

The 2022 NBA Draft, set for tomorrow night between June 23 and 24, will not consist of the normal 60 picks because there will be only 58 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

But why this? A couple of NBA teams suffered a tampering penalty and lost their second-round pick at the NBA Draft.

I Milwaukee Bucks lost their second-round pick in the wake of the failed sign-and-trade with Bogdan Bogdanovic with the Sacramento Kings in November 2020. The NBA found that the Bucks had conversations with Bogdanovic and/or his agency before the start of free agency. Which is completely illegal under league rules. After the sign-and-trade failed, Bogdanovic signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Hawks, which Sacramento refused to settle.

I Miami Heat committed tampering last offseason. Kyle Lowry joined Miami from the Toronto Raptors via sign-and-trade in August 2021. But the details of the sign-and-trade were reported in the opening minutes of the free agency period. Which certainly raised some Carlo Ancelotti-style eyebrows throughout the NBA. Following an investigation, the league concluded that the Heat had a premature contract with Lowry’s representatives and took away Miami’s next available second-round pick.

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