Deadlines and Commitments - LXXXII

Mike Stobe

We only did our last calendar a week ago, but things change ... and change ... and change. So we decided to update things. One date we don't know yet: the big press conference to announce the big trade. In between, it will be very eventful.

July 1 -- Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse became unrestricted free agents. Free agents can begin talking with teams, but cannot officially sign until July 10. Rumors of signings begin hours after the midnight opening bell .. like the rumor that Kyle Korver is "in the bag" for the Nets. New $3 million cash limit is put in place for the 2013-14 season but it's spent on trades, the Nets won't be able to buy any picks in the 2014 Draft, where they currently have no picks.

July 7-12 - Orlando Summer League, which includes the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia, Mason Plumlee, Damion James and David Lighty are headed south, as are Keith Benson, Carleton Scott and C.J. Watson's brother. The entire schedule will be broadcast on NBA TV. Opening game is vs. Detroit at 5 p.m. July 7.

July 8 - European teams will announce their 12-man rosters in their home nations as they begin preparations for FIBA Eurobasket.

July 10 - First day free agents can sign contracts. Also, beginning of one-week amnesty period during which the 14 teams that can still drop players will decide what to do. Possible amnesty candidates include: Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats, Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons, Linas Kleiza of the Toronto Raptors and Drew Gooden of the Milwaukee Bucks. Because they are over the cap, the Nets cannot participate in the blind auction that takes place after a player is put on waivers. They can sign a player if no other team bids on him, as they did with Blatche and Childress.

July 11 - Jason Kidd has court date in Southhampton court on his DWI charge. He is expected to plead guilty to misdemeanor DWI.

July 12 - Nets - Celtics trade becomes official. The two teams had to wait a couple of extra days because of a technicality in Kris Joseph's contract situation. Joseph can't be traded until after three months have elapsed from the day he signed with the Nets as a free agent, which was April 12. Expect a BIG press conference at Barclays Center in days afterwards.

July 18 - Bosnian national team, led by Mirza Teletovic, gathers for full training camp. In August they will measure their strengths against Russia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia and Georgia in warm-up games.

July 20 - Croatian national team, led by Bojan Bogdanovic, gathers for full training camp. In August, they will measure their strengths against France, Germany, Macedonia, Latvia, Turkey, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece.

July 27 - "Friendly" games prior to FIBA Eurobasket begin In some cases, the national teams will play up to nine "friendly" games prior to the start of Eurobasket.

September 4 - 22 - FIBA Eurobasket, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mirza Teletovic (Bosnia), Shengelia (Georgia), Bogdanovic (Croatia) and Euro-Stash Ilkan Karaman (Turkey) have all made commitments to their countries' national teams. Mike Fratello will coach Ukraine. Games will be televised online. NBA training camp begins a week after the tournament concludes. On September 5, Croatia will play Georgia ... Bojan vs. Toko.

September 21 - First NHL game at Barclays, an exhibition game between Islanders and Devils. Expect heavy Nets tie-ins.

October 1 - Training camp opens at PNY Center, with Coach Kidd in charge.

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