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Deadlines and Commitments - XIX

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Things are calmer now that the trade deadlne is past...and the Nets scored the best trade of the 2011-12 season: Deron Williams for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first round picks and $3 million in cash.

The focus now shifts to the draft, free agency, particularly Williams, and progress reports on the Barclays Center, whose ground breaking was a year ago Friday.

March 11 - First anniversary of Barclays Center ground breaking.  Expect progress reports.

March 15 - In what is likely the last court hearing on critics' lawsuits attempting to stop or slow the buildout of Atlantic Yards. Critics want a judge to stop construction  on Barclays Center and force the Empire State Development Corp. to develop a new environmental impact statement.  It's highly unlikely the judge will do anything of the sort.

March 30 - Nets vs. Knicks, Madison Square Garden. First game between the post-DWill Nets and the post-Melo Knicks. 

April 13 - 2010-11 season ends.

April 6-9 - Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia.  College seniors who are the cusp of the draft play against each other, the official opening of draft season.

April 25 - NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET). College underclassmen and international players must declare early eligibility.

April 29 - NBA Teams may conduct or attend workouts with Early Entrants.

May 8 - NCAA Early Entrant withdrawal deadline for college underclassmen to decide whether to stay in the NBA Draft or lose their NCAA eligibility. Where will CBA negotiations stand at that point and how will it affect decisions, particularly by members of the freshman class? The draft, already seen as weak, could get a lot weaker if top underclassmen withdraw.

May 17 - NBA Draft Lottery, NBA TV Studios, Secaucus, NJ. The lottery and the draft will both be in New Jersey this year. Jazz now hold the Nets pick.

June 4-7 - Adidas Treviso EuroCamp. European prospects gather in Treviso, Italy, just outside Venice, to work out in front of NBA scouts and general managers.

June 11 - New York Liberty opens their home season at the Prudential Center. The Dolans may own them but they will become New Jersey's team for three years as Madison Square Garden is renovated during the summer.

June 13 - NBA Early Entrant withdrawal deadline. Primarily applies to international players. Unlike college players, international players can re-sign overseas if there is a lockout.

June 23 - NBA Draft, Prudential Center, Newark. With the Garden undergoing renovations, the Draft moves across the Hudson to Newark as well. If the draft were held today and no choices are added or subtracted before the deadline or that night, the Nets would have the 26th and 36th picks. Billy King has said the Nets are likely to be focusing on "wings and bigs".

June 30 - End of old collective bargaining agreement, possible start of lockout?

July 5 - Nets must decide whether to keep Stephen Graham for 2011-2012 season. Otherwise, he receives $100,000 guarantee.

July 18 - Assuming no lockout and no significant changes to the CBA, this is the first day Williams could sign a contract extension with the Nets.  Neither of those two assumptions are likely and the D-Will signing saga is likely to move into the season.