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When does NBA free agency begin? When is the NBA Draft? Important offseason dates for the Wizards and the NBA

When does NBA free agency begin? When is the NBA Draft? Important offseason dates for the Wizards and the NBA

The NBA offseason is still a few weeks away, as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers do not begin their NBA Finals rematch until Thursday after a full six-day layoff. If it goes seven games, their series will not end until June 18.

But for 28 other teams, like the Washington Wizards, the offseason has already started. Here is a look at the most important dates to watch this summer as the Wizards and the rest of the league prepare for the 2017-18 season:

June 1: NBA Finals between the Cavs and Warriors begin

June 13: Deadline for early entrants to withdraw from draft

June 22: 2017 NBA Draft (Wizards hold the 52nd pick in the second round)

June 24: Deadline for restricted free agents to use their player options (Wizards have no players that apply)

June 26: NBA awards show hosted by Drake (Wizards have no finalists)

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June 29: Deadline for all player and team options (Wizards have no players that apply)

June 30: Last day of league year, deadline for teams to make restricted free agents qualifying offers of 125% of their salary (Wizards will have to decide on Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic and Trey Burke)

July 1: First day of new league year, free agent moratorium begins allowing teams to negotiate with players and reach verbal agreements

July 1-6: Orlando Summer League

July 3-6: Utah Summer League

July 6: Moratorium ends to start free agency and trades

July 7-17: Las Vegas Summer League (Wizards will participate)

July 13: Deadline for teams to revoke qualifying offers to RFAs

July 15: Deadline to sign first round picks

September 5: Deadline to sign second round picks

September, TBA: Training camp opens

As you can see, it will be a very busy offseason for the league. For more on the free agent options for the Wizards, check out these links:

Top free agent forwards who could help Wizards, Morris

Top free agent shooting guards who could help Wizards, Beal

Top free agent point guards who could help Wizards, Wall

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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