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Deadlines and Commitments No. 77

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Special off-season edition!

We've updated our feature with some more obscure dates, including some for the Long Island Nets.  So we suggest that you print it out and put it on the fridge or wherever you keep copious amounts of alcohol. it's a perfect match!

April 13-16 -- Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, VA. College seniors work out for NBA GMs and scouts. Second round prospects at best. Teams often fill out summer league rosters with players they see here.

April 24 -- NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)

May 11-15 -- NBA Draft Combine 2016 in Chicago  The best prospects get measured, interviewed and worked out. Nets will be there. Hey, ya never know.

May 17 -- NBA Draft Lottery 2016.  Depending on where the Nets finish, and where the ping pong balls fall, this could be one of the more  painful dates in Nets history. Our guess: Celtics get overall No. 1 pick.  Call it King's Karma. We will.

June 10-12 -- adidas EUROCAMP in Treviso, Italy. The European version of the NBA Pre-Draft Combine.  Nets always send a contingent to Treviso, outside Venice, for the event. Expect this year to be more serious after Sean Marks repeated comments about he hopes the Nets can make up for lost picks with a mix of overseas players and D-Leaguers.

June 13 -- NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET). Stay in school, Isaiah.

June 15 - Thomas Robinson must decide on his $1,050,961 million player option for 2016-17.

June 27 -- NBA Draft. No first rounder. Nets will have to swap second rounders with the Clippers. The difference?  A lot, 21 places, from No. 34 to 55. The Nets will also likely buy a pick or two, as they have every year but 2013 since Prokhorov bought the team. Those second rounders could be signed to a Long Island Nets contract with the Nets retaining the players' NBA rights.

June 27 -- Trade exception of $1,357,080 from the Mason Plumlee trade expires.

June 29 -- Two Nets with player options for 2016-17 must decide on whether to exercise them: Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington are owed a total of $3,067,000.

June 30 -- Nets must decide whether to exercise a $6.3 million team option on Jarrett Jack or pay Jack a $500,000 guarantee.  The decision will be easy, particularly after Jack's devastating knee injury.

June 30 -- Last day the Nets can make Markel Brown and Willie Reed restricted free agents. They must offer Brown $1,180,431 for 2016-17 and Reed $1,215,696. Brown is likely, Reed obviously is not.

July 1 -- Free agency begins.  The Nets are expected to have around $40 million to play with, the seventh most in the NBA.  Teams can contact but not yet sign free agents. However, rumors of signings start to leak out just after midnight. Biggest stars decide first.

July 4 - 9 -- Croatia (Bojan Bogdanovic) and Italy will face off in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Torino, Italy.  It will be difficult for either to advance to the Olympics. Competition is tough.

July 6 - Moratorium on signings ends. According to Woj, the NBA and NBPA have agreed to move the date for signings up from July 12. Teams can officially sign free agents. Nets can sign Juan Pablo Vaulet.if they want.

July 8 - 18 -- Tentative dates for Las Vegas Summer League. Nets won't participate in Orlando Summer League this year, ending a decade-long run in the Magic-run league.  So we have to assume they will participate in Vegas SL.  Last summer, the Nets participated in both Orlando and Las Vegas.

July 13 -- Trade exception of $2,170,465 from the Steve Blake trade expires.

August 5- 21 -- Rio Olympics.  As of now, no Nets player is likely to play. Juan Pablo Vaulet's Argentina team has qualified but it's uncertain that he will make the squad.

August 31 -- Stretch payment deadline. If the Nets wanted to stretch a player, they must do it by this date.

August 31 - September 17 -- FIBA Europe Qualifying Round will play out at various venues.  European national teams who didn't make the Olympics or the Olympic qualifying round must compete for places in the FIBA Eurobasket in 2017..   Only current Net who will likely play is Sergey Karasev for Team Russia.

Early September - D-League expansion draft usually take place around now.  The three new clubs - The Long Island Nets, WIndy City Bulls and Greensboro Swarm -- will get a shot at grabbing players from a pool of unprotected players among the league's established teams.

September 10 -- If the Nets don't sign Juan Pablo Vaulet, they must extend him non-guarantee tender by this date or lose his rights and make him an unrestricted free agent. It's highly likely they will retain his rights.

October 1 -- Training camps open with Media Day.

Early November - D-League draft. This is a conference call affair, nothing like the big league's extravaganza.  The L.I. Nets will have picks.

Mid-November - Long Island Nets open their first season in Barclays Center.  Expect it to be a double-header with the Brooklyn Nets.