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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Top 2020 NBA free agents include Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Davis Bertans

Top 2020 NBA free agents include Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Davis Bertans

Here is a look at the top-10 NBA free agents who could be available when the offseason takes place this fall...

1. Anthony Davis, Lakers
(player option)

We'll see if he actually becomes available, as he has a good thing going right now in L.A. But if he does opt out and not receive an extension from the Lakers, Davis will be one of the biggest prizes in NBA free agency history. He is a future Hall of Famer at his peak powers and is just 27 years old. Depending on where he went, it could change the landscape of the league.

2. Brandon Ingram, Pelicans
(restricted)

Ingram is even less likely to hit the open market. As a restricted free agent, the Pelicans can match any offer and why wouldn't they? He is only 22 and this season became an All-Star for the first time. Ingram could turn into an All-NBA player very soon.

3. Danilo Gallinari, Thunder
(unrestricted)

Gallinari turns 32 in August, but will be coming off a strong season when he hits free agency, possibly as the best unrestricted option out there. He is the second-leading scorer on a good Thunder team, and he shoots over 40 percent from three. In a normal revenue year for the league, he might even get overpaid due to the overall thin market. But either way, he will get a lot of interest.

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4. Andre Drummond, Cavs
(player option)

It sounds like Drummond may exercise his player option to stay in Cleveland next season. But if he opts out, he will have plenty of suitors. He turns 27 in August, is one of the best rebounders in the game and can anchor a solid defense. He just plays a style of game that won't interest every team.

5. DeMar DeRozan, Spurs
(player option)

If DeRozan decides to opt out and hit the open market, he will be a good option for teams looking for a veteran wing scorer. He's not making All-Star teams anymore, but he's still averaging 20-plus per game and he is still only 30. His ideal fit would be with a team that has loads of three-point shooting, so his biggest weakness could be less of a concern.

6. Gordon Hayward, Celtics
(player option)

Hayward wasn't fully himself last year, but this season has returned to the form he had before his 2017 leg injury. He is shooting more efficiently and grabbing more rebounds than ever, and he's contributing to a good team. But it seems like bad timing for any team hoping he will bolt, right when things are starting to go to plan for him in Boston.

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7. Fred VanVleet, Raptors
(unrestricted)

Long one of the most underrated players in the NBA, VanVleet is getting set to cash in. If he leaves, he will likely get big money as a starter. But the Raptors would probably be smart to keep him, no matter the cost, with Kyle Lowry one year away from coming off the books.

8. Montrezl Harrell, Clippers
(unrestricted

Harrell is only 26 and continues to get better. He is a reliable rebounder and, now, one of the top scorers on one of the league's best teams. He has a chance to improve his stock significantly with a big performance in the playoffs.

9. Serge Ibaka, Raptors
(unrestricted)

Ibaka will turn 31 right before free agency, but will enter the market coming off a strong statistical season. He doesn't block shots nearly as often as he used to, but he shoots nearly 40 percent from three. He also still provides enough rim protection to represent an upgrade for several teams in need of it.

10. Davis Bertans, Wizards
(unrestricted)

Bertans has emerged as one of the best shooters in the NBA in an era where shooting his highly sought after. He is unrestricted, but the Wizards consider re-signing him their No. 1 offseason priority. He will likely get a lot of interest if what happened before the trade deadline is any indication.

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2020 NBA free agency: New date set for free agency to begin with Anthony Davis the big name, report says

2020 NBA free agency: New date set for free agency to begin with Anthony Davis the big name, report says

The craziness of NBA free agency and the offseason will still happen in 2020, just about 3 1/2 months later than usual.

According to the Athletic, the NBA intends to start free agency on Oct. 18. It could go quickly, as training camps for the 2020-21 season are expected to start on Nov. 10.

The Wizards have five players on expiring contracts, plus two on two-way deals. The big name for them is sharpshooter Davis Bertans. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent, though they have his Bird Rights and could exceed the salary cap to re-sign him before he hits the open market.

Other Wizards players set to hit free agency include point guard Shabazz Napier and center Ian Mahinmi. General manager Tommy Sheppard has indicated he would like to re-sign Bertans, in particular.

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League-wide, much of the free agency focus will be on Lakers big man Anthony Davis, who many expect to decline his player option. Other possible top free agents include Gordon Hayward of the Celtics, DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs and Danilo Gallinari of the Thunder.

What is not yet clear is how the salary cap will be affected by the league's stoppage. Many expect the total number to come down and that will affect how much money players can receive with new contracts.

Free agency starting Oct. 18 means it will begin on a Sunday. It will take place three days following the NBA Draft, which is set for Oct. 15.

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