We're at the starting point of the real off-season now, where names get attached to hopes ... and we can start to see who and what Sean Marks, Trajan Langdon and Kenny Atkinson are thinking. Also, to pass the time, there's a full schedule of FIBA games, including the Olympics.
Here's our updated calendar...
May 11 - 15 -- NBA Draft Combine 2016 in Chicago The best prospects get measured, interviewed and worked out. Nets are there.
May 13 - 15 - Euroleague Final Four. If the Nets are serious about international talent, and there is every indication they are, expect a staff contingent to be in the stands in Berlin for the EL semi-finals and finals.
May 16 -- Kenny Atkinson gets introduced to the New York media at HSS Training Center in Brooklyn.
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.
May 18 -- Nets draft workouts begin at HSS Training Center.
May 20 -- Argentina basketball will announce its preliminary Olympic roster. Will Nets stash Juan Pablo Vaulet be on it? He's among the best young talents in the country but it looks like country's Golden Generation -- Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni -- will make one last attempt to medal. Youth may not be served.
May 23 - 25 -- Nets will hold a mini-camp for veteran players, which will likely include former NBA players, D-Leaguers and international free agents.
May 25 -- College underclassmen must decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school, provided they haven't hired an agent.
June 9 -- Juan Pablo Vaulet and Team Argentina begin training.
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 10 -- Bojan Bogdanovic and Team Croatia begin training.
June 13 -- NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET).
June 15 -- Thomas Robinson must decide on his $1,050,961 million player option for 2016-17.
June 19 -- Possible date for D-League National Tryouts at Basketball City in New York. Players from around the country gather to see if they can get a D-League contract. Normally, about 30 of the 220 entrants find their way onto a D-League roster. Most recent tryout alumni to get an NBA contract: Jonathon Simmons of the Spurs. Registration is $350.
June 20 -- Bojan Bogdanovic and his Croatian national team play Canada in a "friendly" -- or exhibition-- game in Croatia.
June 23 -- Bojan Bogdanovic and his Croatian national team play the Czech Republic in a "friendly" -- or exhibition-- game in Croatia.
June 26 -- Bojan Bogdanovic and his Croatian national team play Canada again in a"friendly" -- or exhibition-- game in Croatia.
June 26 - July 2 -- FIBA Americas South American championships in Venezuela. Team Argentina and Juan Pablo Vaulet one of the favorites. Argentina plays Uruguay June 27; Peru June 28; Chile June 29; and Colombia June 30.
June 27 -- NBA Draft at Barclays Center. No first rounder. Nets 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 should 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 $45 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 (Andrea Bargnani) 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. This is also the date when the official salary cap and luxury tax figures are released following an audit
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 to Detroit expires.
July 22 -- Team USA plays an exhibition game vs. Argentina at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. If Juan Pablo Vaulet makes the Argentine nation team, fans will get a first look at him.
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. New assistant coach Chris Fleming is head coach of German national team.
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.