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When does NBA free agency begin? When is the NBA Draft? Important 2019 offseason dates for the Wizards

When does NBA free agency begin? When is the NBA Draft? Important 2019 offseason dates for the Wizards

With a general manager search already underway, the potential for a Bradley Beal supermax contract offer and a high first round pick, this summer figures to be one of the most consequential for the Washington Wizards in recent memory.

There are many days to mark on the calendar as ones that will have major implications for their future. Here is a comprehensive list...

May 14: NBA Draft lottery

This one of the most important dates of the Wizards' offseason. They will have the sixth-best odds. If they get lucky and land a top-four pick, it could change their outlook significantly.

May 14-19: NBA Draft Combine

Top NBA Draft prospects will take measurements like height, weight, wingspan and vertical leap. The Wizards will also get a chance to interview candidates for their first round pick.

May 30: NBA Finals begin

June 20: NBA Draft

The Wizards will have a high first round pick, which should be the first major move for the new GM. The team does not currently own a second round selection.

June 24: NBA Awards show (MVP, defensive player of the year, etc.)

The All-NBA teams will have already been announced some time in late May, so there may not be much reason for Wizards fans to watch the NBA Awards. Their best shot may be Thomas Bryant for most improved and he is a significant longshot.

June 29: Deadline for all player and team options

This will be a very important day for the Wizards. They have to decide on Jabari Parker's team option worth $20 million for next season and Dwight Howard will have to make the call on his 2019-20 player option worth $5.6 million.

June 30: Last day of league year, deadline for teams to make restricted free agents qualifying offers of 125% of their salary; last day to sign extensions; figures for next salary cap year determined

The Wizards will have to decide on restricted free agents Bobby Portis, Parker, Tomas Satoransky, Bryant, Chasson Randle and Sam Dekker for qualifying offers.

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

This is when all the fun begins. Though the Wizards could technically have some real money to spend in free agency, it all depends on whom they re-sign.

July 5-15: NBA Summer League

The Wizards will have their first round pick in action for the first time in Las Vegas. Also likely to be on the summer league team are Troy Brown Jr., their 2018 first round pick, as well as some of their G-League mainstays like Devin Robinson and Chris Chiozza.

July 6 (12:01 p.m.): Moratorium ends to sign free agents and make trades

Whatever the Wizards do in the first few days of free agency and the trading period can become official once this deadline passes.

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


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Report: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

Report: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed, according to a newspaper report.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash. He said the photos showed the scene and victims' remains.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Lucero told The Associated Press on Friday that "the matter is being looked into."

The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the union that represents rank-and-file deputies, did not immediately return requests for comment.

The Times reported that it's unclear how widely the photos might have been disseminated and who was involved. It's additionally unclear whether the deputies had taken the photos themselves or received them from someone else.

Capt. Jorge Valdez, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the department had contacted the victims' families because of the newspaper's inquiries.

Bryant and the others were killed in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles were traveling to a youth basketball tournament at Bryant's sports facility in Thousand Oaks. The cause of the crash is undetermined.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna, whose team was coached by her father, were honored at a public memorial Monday at Staples Center, where Bryant starred for most of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board stated there weren't any signs of engine failure from the wreckage recovered from the crash site. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, had nearly navigated the helicopter out of blinding clouds when it turned and plunged into the mountainside.

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday, alleging that Zobayan was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions and should have aborted the flight. The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters Inc., operator of the service, and Island Express Holding Corp., owner of the craft. It also targets pilot Ara Zobayan's representative or successor, listed only as "Doe 1" until a name can be determined.

Also killed in the crash were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser, who helped Bryant coach the girls' basketball team; and Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton. Keri and Payton were Gianna's teammates.


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Mic'd up: Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in Chicago hotel

Mic'd up: Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in Chicago hotel

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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