The Nets are in the playoffs and no matter how long or short their stay is, they also have to prepare for player personnel decisions just as they have every year, playoffs or not. That process starts this week. On Wednesday, it's the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where college seniors gather to show scouts what they can do. Then, Friday, the Nets have to decide whether to extend Kris Joseph for the rest of the season. He's currently on a 10-day contract.
So, as the playoffs rev up, the front office's attention will be divided between the games and their scouting responsibilities.
April 10-13 -- Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Portsmouth, VA). The pre-draft season starts now. Seniors from around the country gather in the Virginia Tidewater to show their stuff to NBA scouts, who often include GM's.
April 12 -- Nets must decide whether to extend Kris Joseph's 10-day contract through the end of the season (and perhaps next season.) Joseph would be eligible for the playoffs and if he is signed for next season, even at the vets minimum, this season would count toward his early Bird Rights, giving the Nets additional options next season.
April 18 -- Deadline for playoff rosters must be set. Players not on NBA rosters on March 1 can be added to roster up to this date.
April 20 -- 2013 NBA Playoffs begin. Yes!
May 6 - Kris vs. Kim divorce trial scheduled for Los Angeles court. Humphries does not have to attend and has said if the Nets are playing, he will miss the trial, which is only expected to last 2-3 days.
May 7 - Second round of playoffs begin
May 15-19 - Chicago Pre-Draft Camp. Four days of measurements, drills and interviews.
May 21 - 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.
May 22 - Conference Finals begin
May TBA - Brooklyn Nets Group Workout
May TBA - Minnesota Group Workout
June 6 - Finals begin (possible move-up to June 4)
June 8-10 - Adidas EuroCamp, Treviso, Italy. The leading pre-draft combine for overseas players. Nets liked what they saw from Toko Shengelia here last year.
June 27 -- NBA Draft. Nets have their own first round pick, but no second round pick. Last year, the Nets used $2.75 million of their $3 million cash limit to buy second round picks used to acquire Tyshawn Taylor and Shengelia. If they don't use the $3 million on Draft Night, they lose it three days later.
June 30 -- Presumably, C.J. Watson will have decided on his player option for 2013-14 by this date. If he opts in, he will be paid $1.1 million. Contracts for Billy King, Bobby Marks, P.J. Carlesimo, coaching staff all expire ... as does their $3 million cash limit.
July 1 -- Andray Blatche, Jerry Stackhouse and Keith Bogans become unrestricted free agents.
July 7-13 - Orlando Summer League