Tuesday is the start of trade season. More than 100 players signed in the off-season, including seven Nets, can be traded for the first time on December 15. For the Nets, that's everyone but Brook Lopez. As a max player, he can't be dealt till January 15 (and that's not likely anyway.)
December could be busy in other ways too. The Nets and Barclays Center will likely become 100 percent owned by ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Mikhail Prokhorov's holding company by the end of the month. ONEXIM and Bruce Ratner's Forest City Ratner have reportedly reached an agreement in principle. Now comes the NBA approvals. Prokhorov has already purchased 85 percent of Nassau Events Center, the leaseholder at Nassau Coliseum.
In case you're wondering, the Nets big trade exception, $3.4 million from the Andrei Kirilenko trade, expired Friday.
Here's an updated timetable...
December 15 -- All free agents signed during the off-season other than Brook Lopez can be traded.
December 23 -- Deron Williams returns to Barclays Center as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
December 28 -- Deadline for Forest City Enterprises to pay its share of the current year's losses and three days before it converts to an REIT, requiring FCE to dump its ownership in the Nets. ... an ideal deadline for Mikhail Prokhorov and Bruce Ratner to finalize consolidation of ownership in both the team and arena.
January 5 -- 10-day contracts can be signed.
January 10 -- All partially guaranteed contracts get fully guaranteed. Donald Sloan is currently guaranteed only $200,000 on his $947,000 salary. Everyone else is fully guaranteed.
January 15 -- Brook Lopez and his max deal can be traded. NOT likely
Mid-January -- Somewhere around this time Chris McCullough is expected to practice with his teammates for the first time.
Mid - February -- The HSS Training Center will open around now in Industry City, Brooklyn. The Nets will be at home for most of the month, an ideal time for the move. They and the staff won't have to get on a plane from February 1 through 21. Their only away game in that stretch is a bus trip to Philadelphia.
February 14 -- All-Star Game in Toronto. Lots of deals get discussed here.
February 18 -- Trade deadline, 3 p.m.
February 22 -- Euroleague playoff roster deadline. Players signed after this date cannot participate in the Euroleague playoffs
March 1 -- NBA's buyout deadline. Players waived by this date, regardless of when they then sign elsewhere, remain playoff eligible. Joe Johnson?
April 15 -- NBA playoff roster deadline.
May 17 -- NBA Draft Lottery 2016. Depending on where the Nets finish, and where the ping pong balls fall, this could be a painful date in the Nets history.
June 27 -- NBA Draft. No first rounder. Also, the trade exception of $1,357,080 from the Mason Plumlee trade expires. Nets will have to swap second rounders with the Clippers unless LAC finishes with a top five record. Not likely.
June 30 -- Four Nets with player options must decide on whether to exercise them: Andrea Bargnani, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and Thomas Robinson.
July 1 -- Free agency begins. Teams can contact but not sign free agents
July 13 -- Trade exception of $2,170,465 from the Steve Blake trade expires.