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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