The meat of the off-season starts now, with the group workout at PNY Center this weekend. Over the next month, the Nets will host a mass workout, participate in another; attend both the Pre-Draft Combine and Adidas Eurocamp; watch the Lottery to see where they'll pick in the second round and possibly sign a new coach for the Springfield Armor.
Also, two Nets will rehab from recent surgeries: Deron Williams from wrist surgery; Brook Lopez from arm surgery.
May 7-8 - Draft Workout, PNY Center. In order to beat the NCAA's early withdrawal deadline (see below), the Nets are hosting a mass workout of college prospects. Although the deadline only applies to college underclassmen, seniors and international players are welcome.
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.
May 12 - First anniversary of Mikhail Prokhorov's takeover of the Nets. Expect report cards on how he's done. At best, they will be mixed.
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' first round pick. If the Kings gets the the #5 pick in the lottery then the Nets get #35 in the second round, breaking the tie with Sacramento.
May 18-22 - NBA Pre-Draft Combine, Chicago. All the top prospects head to the Windy City for the premier pre-Draft camp where they'll be measured, tested and interviewed in addition to play in 3-on-3 scrimmages.
May 23-24 - Group Workout, Minneapolis. Another group workout. The concept was set up three years back to save money for the teams and time for the prospects.
May 31 - Individual workouts likely to begin in earnest for the Nets.
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 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. Expect international players to dominate in draft speculation.
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 #27 (Lakers) and the #35 or #36 pick. King has said the Nets are likely to be focusing on "wings and bigs" but will take the "best available player". The Nets have set the Draft as a deadline for hiring a head coach for the Armor.
June 30 - End of old collective bargaining agreement, possible start of lockout?
July 1 - First day teams can start talking with free agents. Expect deals to be announced but not signed the next day...as long as there's no lockout.
July 5 - Nets must decide whether to keep Stephen Graham for 2011-2012 season. If he is cut by July 5 the Nets owe him nothing. If they keep him, he gets a guaranteed $100,000.
July 18 - Assuming no lockout and no significant changes to the CBA, this is the first day Deron Williams could sign a contract extension with the Nets. Neither of those two assumptions are likely to turn into reality. So the D-Will signing saga is likely to move into the new season whenever and if ever it starts..