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Deadlines and Commitments - No. 90

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Transactions should accelerate in the next few weeks and not just because of the trade deadline on February 23. The D-League Showcase is next week. Every NBA team, whether they have a D-League affiliate or not, will be represented, looking for 10-day talent.

Also, the Chinese Basketball Association starts winding up in the next few weeks. Another pool of players for 10-days.

January 18-22 -2017 NBA D-League Showcase (Mississsauga, Ontario) D-League teams gather in the Raptors 905 home city. GMs and scouts from around the NBA do a one-stop shopping tour. Call-ups usually intensify.

February 5 - Chinese Basketball Association regular season ends. The Long Island Nets hold rights to a few CBA players. As regular season ends and playoff rounds drop off, returning U.S. players will get offers from both NBA and D-League clubs.

February 17-19 - All-Star Break in New Orleans. GMs begin or accelerate trade talks.

February 23 - Trade Deadline, 3 p.m. ET. Expect the Nets to be active.

March 1 - Deadline for players wanting to be waived so they can join a playoff-bound team.

March 4 - D-League trade deadline, 3 p.m. ET. Lots of D-League draft picks get dealt as contenders prepare for playoffs.

March 31 - April 3 - NCAA Final Four in Phoenix. Another gathering spot for NBA GMs.

April 1 - D-League regular season ends. (Earliest date)

April 15 - D-League playoffs begin.

April 12 - End of regular season. Bonuses and incentives are calculated for those players who have them in their contracts. That would include Scola, who has $500,000 in possible bonuses. Also, teams under the CBA salary floor must distribute difference between their payroll and floor to roster players on roster as of this date. Salary floor is $84.6 million. Nets are at $76.4 million.

April 15 - NBA playoffs begin.

May 16 - NBA Draft Lottery, New York. Steel yourself. The Nets and Celtics must swap picks this year, but swap is determined based on lottery results. So if Nets finish with 5th worst record but win the lottery, the top pick goes to Boston.

June 22 - NBA Draft, likely to held again at Barclays Center. Perhaps a concessionaire could market Billy King face masks?

June 30 - Joe Harris and Sean Kilpatrick’s $1,051,245 guarantees for 2017-18 kick in. Team option on both.

July 1 - Free agency begins. Teams can contact free agents with offers starting at 12 midnight. Under new CBA, teams can sign restricted free agents on July 1. Player’s current team has 48 hours, rather than the current 72, to match.

July — Spencer Dinwiddie’s contract guarantees for $50,000 for 2017-18 if he participates in summer league and summer conditioning program.

July 7 - Free agents can officially be signed. Press conferences are held.