Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012, the Year the Nets move to a billion dollar arena in Brooklyn ... and maybe add another superstar. It's likely to be the most significant year in the team's history, with a lot of the news being made off the court, at a construction site at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues and in general managers' offices around the NBA.
In this edition of Deadlines and Commitments, we add some nitty-gritty dates related to the trade deadline and beyond. So uncork another bottle of champagne and toast the Nets' hopes for 2012.
January 1 - Meaningless
January 9-12 - D-League Showcase in Reno. All sixteen teams travel participate in games and skills contests similar to All-Star Weekend.
February - Brooklyn Nets will reportedly unveil their new colors and logo, but NOT their new uniform.
February 6 - 10-day contracts can be signed; Last day 13 players can dress and play. After this date, teams can dress 13 players but only 12 can play.
February 10 - Non-guaranteed deals become fully guaranteed. That would appear to apply to Dennis Horner, who is believed to have a non-guaranteed deal.
February 22 - First day Mehmet Okur can be traded in multi-player deal.
February 26 -
March 4 - Russian Presidential Election
March 15 - NBA trade deadline, 6 p.m. ET
March 16 - Nets travel to Orlando.
March 23 - Last day to sign a player and have him be playoff-eligible
April 26 - Regular Season Ends, last regular season game in New Jersey. Playoffs anyone?
June 28 - NBA
August 27 - Expected completion date for The Barclays Center. Might slip a few days. Expect a couple of shakeout events in early September.
September 28 - Opening Night, The Barclays Center. Jay-Z will open the arena with a series of concerts.
October 17 - Arena construction documents list this date as possible preseason game at the arena.
October 31 - Opening Night for the Brooklyn Nets, according to those same documents. Arena officials note that this is simply a target date, not set in stone.