Wake-up call: Wizards' plate full for offseason

Wake-up call: Wizards' plate full for offseason
May 26, 2014, 6:00 am
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A busy offseason awaits the Wizards, who will have more work to do in free agency where they have decisions to make regarding 10 players on the roster. Unrestricted are Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, Garrett Temple and Chris Singleton. Restricted free agents who the team could extend qualifying offers to or renounce are Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker. The Wizards have team options they'll have to decide to bypass or pick up with the contracts of Andre Miller and Glen Rice. 

June 26: The draft in New York. The Wizards only have one pick, No. 46 overall in the second round, and are looking at adding size rather than a perimeter player. 

July 1-9: Opening of free agent negotiation period. Teams can enter discussions and agree to terms but nothing is can be signed until the new salary cap numbers are set following the league's audit of finances. The cap is expected to rise by $3 million based on projected increase in revenues. The 2013-14 cap is $58.7 million with a luxury tax level of $71.7 million. The cap is determined by a percentage of BRI, or basketball-related income which comes via defined revenue streams granted to players through the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Rookies can be signed to their scale contracts, second-round picks can accept tenders, restricted free agents can accept qualifying offers and minimum contracts can be accepted, too. Free agents can be signed during all summer, but the biggest names will come to agreements during the window to begin the month. 

July 5-11: Orlando Summer League. Ten teams will compete, seven of which are foes of the Wizards in the East. Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. 

July 10: Free-agent signings become official as players can begin signing proposed contracts. 

July 11-21: Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards will field another team to compete in the tournament-style format and the roster will include Otto Porter and Tomas Satoransky. Games will take place at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. 

July 28-Aug. 1: Team USA Basketball camp. The Wizards' Bradley Beal, who wasn't able to partake in full activities last season because he was recovering from a leg injury, will be present. This time, he'll be able to compete as part of the 28-player pool for the U.S. team under Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue-White exhibition game at Thomas & Mack will end camp. 

Aug. 14-16: Team USA in Chicago. They'll re-assemble to train here and it'll culminate with an exhibition vs. Brazil at United Center. 

Aug. 18-22: Team USA in New York. They'll travel here for more camp and have exhibitions vs. Dominican Republic on the 20th and Puerto Rico on the 22nd at Madison Square Garden. 

The Wizards began training camp on Sept. 28 last year, a few days earlier than most teams because they had a trip to Brazil for an exhibition game vs. the Chicago Bulls on the schedule. They're not slated to go abroad this time.