The pace quickens now, with Media Day Monday in East Rutherford, the last such event in New Jersey. On Tuesday, the team will be practicing at Duke, returning on Saturday for Monday's first preseason game with Fenerbahce Ulker, Bojan Bogdanovic's old team from Istanbul.
For those with partially guaranteed deals, there are a number of key dates as well, starting with Tuesday when Markel Brown's deal becomes fully guaranteed, bringing the number of players with such deals to 13. Count on it.
Here we go...
September 28 -- Nets practice facility in East Rutherford, the first official gathering for the new roster, the last Media Day for New Jersey
September 29 -- Brown's salary is fully guaranteed for the season at $845,000.
September 29 -- Training camp opens at the Michael W. Krzyzewski Center at Duke. For the first five days of camp, the team will work out and practice far away from the bright lights of New York, just like they did two years ago. Teams can bring 20 players to camp and that's the number who will be suiting up Tuesday. At some point, Mikhail Prokhorov will join the club in North Carolina.
October 5 -- First preseason game, Nets vs. Fenerbahce Ulker of Istanbul. Bojan Bogdanovic vs. Bogdan Bogdanovic, 7:30 p.m.
October 8 -- Nets vs. Pistons preseason game in Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
October 10 -- Nets vs. 76ers preseason game in Albany, NY, 3:00 p.m.
October 11 -- Fans might want to pay attention to what's happening this afternoon in Brooklyn (hint)
October 14 -- Nets vs. Celtics preseason game at Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 18 -- Nets vs. 76ers preseason game at Barclays Center, 1:00 p.m.
October 19 -- Nets vs. Celtics preseason game at TD Garden, 7:30 p.m.
October 24 -- Expiration day for a $1,120,920 trade exception the Nets received for sending Marquis Teague to the 76ers on October 25 of last year. Nets are not likely to use it.
October 24 -- Last day non- and partially guaranteed deals can be cut without incurring pro-rated cap hit.
October 26 -- Roster cutdown day. NBA teams must get down to 15. Normally, at least one cut is made prior to cutdown day.
October 28 -- Opening Night, Nets vs. Bulls at Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 28 -- If they're 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.
October 30 -- Nets vs. Spurs at ATT Center, San Antonio. It will be the Spurs home opener! 8:30 p.m.
October 31 -- Nets vs. Grizzlies, FedEx Forum, Memphis, 8:00 p.m.
October 31 -- Nets must decide on Sergey Karasev's fourth year option, at $2.5 million. Decision likely to be made before the deadline.
November 1 -- If he's still on the team, Donald Sloan gets $200,000 guarantee. If cut before this, he receives $50,000.
November 2 -- Nets vs. Bucks, Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m. The return of Sean Sweeney.
November 15 -- If he's still on the team, 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. TE's cannot be combined, but under certain circumstances can be used to facilitate multi-player, multi-team deals.
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.
January 10 -- All partially guaranteed contracts get fully guaranteed.
January 15 -- Brook Lopez and his max deal can be traded. NOT likely
February 1 -- The HSS Training Center will open around now in Industry City, Brooklyn.