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10 pressing questions facing NBA this offseason

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With the NBA regular season and postseason now in the books, attention can turn to the offseason.

From the draft and free agency this month to trades and Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, here are questions that will dominate the summer — and possibly beyond, depending on how long they take to get answered:

The Trail Blazers star has denied reports that he’s demanded to be dealt. General manager Neil Olshey said the existing roster isn’t the problem — sounding as if he will settle for tweaking the edges. But will that be enough to keep Lillard happy? Everybody from the Knicks to the Warriors to the Lakers is watching, with the Rockets reportedly the most active in pursuing Lillard.

What will happen with Bradley Beal?

Another potential star on the move, Beal is heading into the final guaranteed year on his deal with the Wizards and can opt out after this upcoming season. Can Washington GM Tommy Sheppard extend Beal, who The Athletic reports is at the top of the wish list for the draft capital-rich Warriors?

Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal
Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal
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What will Chris Paul decide?

We just saw the surefire Hall of Famer score 26 points for the Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the closest he has come to a title. At 36 years old, he said: “I ain’t retiring, if that’s what you’re asking. That’s out. So, back to work.” But where? He has a $44.2 million player option for next year, and tons of suitors if he decides to leave Phoenix.

What will the Lakers do?

And what will the Lakers (one of the suitors for Paul) look like in Year 4 of King James’ reign? In Year 2, Anthony Davis arrived, and the Lakers won a title. In Year 3, injuries led to a first-round playoff exit. With up to 11 free agents — including Dennis Schroder — the Lakers will be looking for a high-end point guard. Will it be Paul or Russell Westbrook? Or someone more like Patty Mills, Goran Dragic or the Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, a Los Angeles native?

Will Kawhi Leonard stay with the Clippers?

He had surgery on a partially torn ACL and it’s unclear how much of next season he’ll miss, or even where he’ll play. Leonard has a player option and could become an unrestricted free agent, something he said back in December would be the best decision “if I’m healthy.” That wouldn’t guarantee he’s leaving L.A., but if he does it would be seismic.

Will the Warriors make a big trade?

They couldn’t make the playoffs even with Stephen Curry playing like an MVP. With Klay Thompson back, will they use their Nos. 7 and 14 picks — along with Andrew Wiggins and/or James Wiseman — to pursue Beal or Lillard? The Athletic doubts Lillard, an Oakland, Calif., native, wants to go back to the Bay.

Will the 76ers break up the Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons combo?

Philadelphia could deal Simmons and his nonexistent jumper. If they do, what kind of package could team president Daryl Morey get? If you thought the Chinese were mad at Morey after his Hong Kong tweet, wait until you see 76ers fans if he gets fleeced in a trade.

Who will try to turbocharge their rebuilding?

After years of the usual suspects playing for an NBA title, Milwaukee and Phoenix crashed the Finals party. Teams like the Suns and Hawks jumped from the lottery into the NBA Finals and conference finals, respectively, by adding vets to rising young cores. Can another team do the same in 2022? Would adding a veteran to Ja Morant in Memphis, Zion Williamson in New Orleans, LaMelo Ball in Charlotte, De’Aaron Fox in Sacramento or even Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in Minnesota do the trick?

What will Team USA’s month look like?

COVID-19 cases spiked in Japan to the point that as recently as this week, the head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee wouldn’t rule out canceling the Games. Team USA is shorthanded and lost not one, but two, tune-up games in Las Vegas, with Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker not arriving until after the NBA Finals. There’s a chance this could be an unusually bumpy ride, even if nobody else gets hurt or catches the coronavirus.

Who will make a draft-day deal?

Even if there’s no can’t-miss No. 1 like Williamson or Tim Duncan, there will be plenty of intrigue next week at Barclays Center. Sure, all eyes will be on whether the Warriors package their picks for a star. But the Rockets — who have been actively pursuing Beal — also have three first-rounders and have reportedly fielded dozens of calls over the past couple of weeks for Nos. 23 and 24.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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