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Deadlines and Commitments - No. 90

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The Nets enter the homestretch of the regular season this week. Numerically, the Nets are beyond the halfway point of the season, but the stretch between now and April 12 will go a long way to determining what the Nets roster (and draft picture?) will look like going into the off-season. There are a lot of big deadlines coming for the team, starting of course with the trade deadline on Thursday.

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 ???

February 24 -- Unless a player gets injured over the All-Star Break or the Nets trade for an invalid, this could the first game where the entire 15-man roster is healthy ... the 56th game of an 82-game season.

March 1 - Deadline for players wanting to be waived so they can join a playoff-bound team. The so-called second trade deadline where players who want to play for a contender try to get bought out. Joe Johnson agreed to take a $3 million pay cut to become a free agent last season. Could there be interest in Randy Foye or Luis Scola?

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. If Long Island makes it, right now a long shot, they would be the first D-League expansion club to make the post-season.

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 now unlikely 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 $78.3 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 the worst record but are third after the lottery, the third pick, not the first, goes to Boston.

June 22 - NBA Draft, likely to held again at Barclays Center. Perhaps a concessionaire could market Billy King face masks? The Nets will pick, as of now, in the late 20’s, with the Boston swap. They don’t have their own second rounder, but will have the Celtics pick in the 50’s, and if the Pacers don’t make the playoffs their pick as well. With the new CBA permitting two players to play for both the NBA and D-League teams, expect second rounders to be more valuable.

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 tender offer sheets to restricted free agents on July 1. Player’s current team has 48 hours, rather than the current 72, to match. But no more poison pills.

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. Jerseys are held up.