Moving right along. The Draft Lottery is over...and the results are disappointing. But with Mikhail Prokhorov in New York and Rod Thorn headed for Chicago and the Pre-Draft Combine Wednesday, the rebuilding has just started. There's a lot to deal with in the next few weeks. With John Wall unlikely to make it to #3, expect a lot of the top candidates to get individual workouts in East Rutherford.
May 19 - Mikhail Prokhorov introductory press conference in Manhattan (11:45 a.m.); interview with Mike Francesa on YES and WFAN (2 p.m.) and appearance at Yankee Stadium (after 7:30 p.m., weather permitting.)
May 19-23 - NBA Pre-Draft Combine in Chicago. Fifty-two top prospects gather in Chicago the morning after the Lottery to be measured and interviewed, then show off their skills to NBA GM's. Top picks usually only stay long enough to be measured.
May 24-27 - Nearly every NBA team will sent representatives to a group workout at the TImberwolves practice facilty in Minneapolis. A total of 42 draft prospects will be on hand.
June 5-7 - Adidas Eurocamp. Although this is not seen as a big year for Europeans players, the best will gather in Treviso, just outside Venice, for the international version of the Pre-Draft combine.
June 9-11 - Eighteen NBA teams gather at the Nets' practice facility in East Rutherford for a group workout. A total of 36 draft prospects will be on hand.
June 14 - International Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET)
June 24 – The Nets pick at #3, #27 and #31 in the 2010 NBA Draft in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York (7:00 p.m. ET). Nets' $1.37 million trade exception, the remainder of the Vince Carter trade exception, expires.
June 29-30 -- Nets must exercise team options for Keyon Dooling ($3.82 million with a $500,000 buyout) and Chris Douglas-Roberts ($854,389). Kris Humphries must exercise his player option ($3.2 million). Contracts for Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe as well as the rest of the Nets' coaching staff expire. Of front office and coaching staffs, only Bobby Marks, Thorn's VP of basketball operations, has a contract beyond June 30.
June 30 - Deadline for two businesses to leave the larger Atlantic Yards footprint. One of the buildings in question will be used as office space for construction operations.
July 1 - NBA teams can begin negotiating with free agents. Expect reports of signings almost immediately. Nets can renounce cap holds for players with expiring contracts.
July 8 - NBA teams can officially begin signing free agents.
July 19-24 - Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. Brook Lopez one of 31 players invited.