The offseason is in full swing, and Lakers fans should know the important dates for the team. Here is the schedule for the rest of the offseason.
June 23rd: 2016 NBA Draft
With the second pick in the draft, the Lakers will likely select Brandon Ingram. However, nothing is certain. Could the Lakers trade the pick? Or take a surprise player like the sharp shooting Buddy Hield? Could the 76er’s decide to go for Ingram, leaving Ben Simmons for the Lakers? Only one way to find out. For all your info on the draft, make sure you visit the Lakers Pulse draft section (Coverage will be on ESPN at 4:30pm pst).
July 1st: Free Agency begins
The infamous NBA moratorium begins, and teams are now able to meet and greet free agents. The Lakers will be in contact with all of the major free agents. Whiteside, Durant, and many more will be in play and will likely schedule meetings with the Lakers. Should the Lakers be able to woo someone, the players will only be able to make verbal agreements. We all saw last year that a verbal agreement is not always set in stone. For all your free agent news check out our free agency section.
July 6th: Players officially can sign
After the DeAndre Jordan situation from last year, the moratorium period was cut down 5 days. Players can sign with teams on this day and fulfill any existing verbal contracts.
July 8th-11th: Summer League
Las Vegas summer league begins on July 8th. D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr., and Anthony Brown are all confirmed to be at Summer League, as well as foreign player Moustapha Fall. Here is a scouting report on Fall.
Summer League will give the young players a chance to learn the new system that Luke Walton will be using. Our writer Jeremiah Witten will be at Summer League, so stay tuned for his articles during that time.
July 18th: USA select team reports
Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell will join the USA select team on this day. This does not mean that Russell and Randle will make the national team, but they will be able to practice with the best in the NBA. Ingram is also on the team, though it is not official that he is a Laker.
Lakers training camp
It is unknown when training camp for the Lakers will start, though normally it is towards the middle of September. Unlike last year, the Lakers will not be going to Hawaii.
October 4th: 1st Preseason Game
Lakers will open their preseason against the Sacramento Kings on October 4th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The rest of the schedule for the preseason can be found here.
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