The nut cutting begins now. Within the next week, the Nets will start to interview head coaching candidates and start individual workouts for their three draft picks. They will also host a group workout for college players in East Rutherford and send someone to watch another in Italy. At the same time, as the playoffs wind down, expect to see the first trade rumors related to Draft Day. It will be busy.
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.
May 29 - Rod Thorn begins interviewing candidates for head coaching job, starting with former Mavericks' coach Avery Johnson
June 4 - Workouts for SG Dominique Jones (South Florida), SG Elijiah Millsap (UAB), PF Lance Thomas (Duke), PF Magnum Rolle (La. Tech), PF Larry Sanders (VCU), PF Tiny Gallon (Oklahoma). Thorn's self-imposed deadline for interviewing coaching candidates.
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. Uncertain who will attend. Normally this is a job handled by the international scouting director and general manager.
June 8 - Workouts for PG Mikhail Torrance (Alabama), PG Anthony Johnson (Montana), SF Quincy Pondexter (Washington), SF Darrington Hobson (New Mexico), PF Laurence Ekperigin (LeMoyne), C Art Parakhouski (Radford out of Belarus).
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 last 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 5?-8? - No announcement has been made, but these are the normal dates for the Orlando Magic Summer League.
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.