Key Offseason Dates
This offseason promises to be a monumental one for the Lakers, who will hire a new coach and look to reload in their first season of the post-Kobe Bryant era.
Below are the most important dates to keep in mind as the offseason rolls on:
Draft Combine (May 11-15): Teams get their first up-close look at their potential draftees at this showcase in Chicago. There, draft hopefuls go through an array of tests, from vertical jump and bench press to 5-on-5 and personal interviews, plus everything in between.
Draft Lottery (May 17): The ping-pong balls will decide if the Lakers keep their first round pick, which is sent to Philadelphia if it falls to fourth overall or lower. After recording the NBA's second-worst record this season, Los Angeles has a 55.8 percent chance of keeping that pick in the top three.
NBA Draft (June 23): Should the Lakers retain their high selection, they will have the opportunity to add another heralded young player to their current crop, which includes former lottery picks D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. The purple and gold will also draft in the second spot of the second round (No. 32 overall).
Free Agency Begins (July 1): Bryant's retirement obviously leaves a huge gap for the Lakers, who will look to add veterans to complement their crop of young talent. High on their list of priorities will be attempting to land established players via free agency.
Summer League (July 8-10): Lakers fans will get their first look at their new draft picks, while a few returning players look to sharpen their skills. Russell has already expressed his desire to play in the Las Vegas tournament this year, while possibly being joined by Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and others.