A few things have changed in the last two weeks since we last posted this. Nets won't be playing on Christmas we are told and there are rumors the NBA schedule will be out next week. Also, there' the deadline for the team's two biggest owners to settle their debts ... and Earl Clark is about to be waived.
August 7 - Friendly games for the Nets two Eurobasket players --Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia and Andrea Bargnani of Italy begin in earnest. The two teams combined will have 20 such exhibition games prior to the start of Eurobasket. Croatia plays Bosnia ... without Mirza Teletovic on Friday. Sergey Karasev made it official this week: He will not be playing for Team Russia as he continues his rehab from last season's knee surgery.
August 12 -- Rumored date of NBA schedule release. The Nets will NOT wear their neat new cream-colored, "Christmas Card" uniforms on December 25. No holiday game for Brooklyn for second straight year. Other questions to be answered: who and where will the Nets play on Opening Night? When does Deron Williams return to Brooklyn? When do the Nets play the Knicks?
August 12 - Deadline for Bruce Ratner's parent company to resolve its debts to Mikhail Prokhorov's investment vehicle. It's already been postponed once. Might it be postponed again? Doubtful. Could it be a deadline to resolve other ownership issues? Yes.
September 1 - Markel Brown gets another $200,000 on his guarantee, bringing his total to $350,000.
September 5 - Eurobasket begins in France. Both Croatia and Italy have solid teams and both want to finish in the top two. That's enough to get an automatic invitation to the Rio de Janiero Olympics a year from now. The games go through September 20, only a week or so before the Nets open camp.
September 29 - Brown's salary is fully guaranteed for the season at $845,000.
September 29 - Likely date for Media Day, the first official gathering for the new roster.
October 1 -- Training camp opens, but not at the new $45 million HSS Training facility on 39th Street in the Industry City section of Brooklyn. It won't be ready until February around the time of the All-Star Break. So will it be held in New Jersey ... or will they go back to Duke like they did two years ago. Teams can bring as many as 20 players to camp. The last two years, the Nets have invited 19 and 17 players.
October 5 -- First preseason game, Nets vs. Fenerbahce Ulker of Istanbul. Bojan Bogdanovic vs. Bogdan Bogdanovic. Expect full preseason schedule to be released in the next few days.
October 24 -- The Nets have a trade exception for $1,120,920 they received for sending Marquis Teague to the 76ers on October 25 of last year. The trade exception will expire if it isn’t used before Oct. 24, 2015.
October 26 -- Roster cutdown day. NBA teams must get down to 15. Normally, at least one cut is made prior to cutdown day.
October 31 - Nets must decide on Sergey Karasev's fourth year option, at $2.5 million.
November 1 -- Assumed date for first regular season game. If he's still on the roster, Quincy Miller receives a guaranteed $100,000 bringing his total to $150,000; Ryan Boatright receives $125,000, bringing his total to $200,000; and Willie Reed's deal becomes fully guaranteed at $947,000.
November 15 -- Quincy Miller gets an additional $125,000 guarantee, giving him a grand total of $275,000.
December 12 -- Two trade exceptions, including the Nets biggest one expire. They are the $3,326,235 TE acquired in the Andrei Kirilenko trade and the $816,482 TE acquired in the Jorge Gutierrez trade. For trade purposes, another $100,000 can be added to any TE's value.
December 15 -- All free agents signed during the off-season other than Brook Lopez can be traded.
January 10 -- All partially guaranteed contracts get fully guaranteed.
January 15 -- Brook Lopez can be traded.
(Special thanks to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders for contract information.)