Why? We have a unique situation with so many UFA and RFAs hitting the market, teams having so much cap room and with each team having a chance at the 1st pick in the lottery. Teams signing an RFA will give up draft choices (reportedly) and those draft picks should begin in 2005. Once the balls are drawn, the losers are going to know that they can bid aggressively for RFAs. By keeping the draft order unknown for a month, teams will be less likely to offer an RFA contracts and, give teams an opportunity to retain their players.