Four games left. On one hand, it’s been a tough season, with so many losses, so many injuries, so many players (21 in uniform, 24 under some sort of contract). But now, with the Nets playing their best basketball in two YEARS, it will be tough to let it go.
But now, the off-season is days away. Never a dull moment at NetsDaily!
April 12 - End of regular season. Bonuses and incentives are calculated for those players who have them in their contracts. Former Nets Greivis Vasquez and Luis Scola had bonuses in their deals, but they’re gone. 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 around $83.6 million in salary. So each of the 15 guys on the roster will get a nice check.
April 15 - NBA playoffs begin.
April 23 - College underclassmen -- and international players who don't turn 22 this year -- have until to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft.
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. There’s a slim to none chance the Nets wind up with the 29th or even 28th draft position. Slim meaning a percent or two.
May 26 - College underclassmen will have today until to withdraw without losing their college eligibility, per an NCAA rule change.
June 22 - NBA Draft, likely to held again at Barclays Center. Perhaps a concessionaire could market Billy King face masks? The Nets will have two picks in the late 20’s, with the Boston swap and the Washington pick acquired in the Bojan Bogdanovic deal. As of Wednesday, they would be the 23rd and 27th picks.
The Nets don’t have their own second rounder, which goes to Atlanta, but will have the Celtics pick, currently No. 57, and if the Pacers don’t make the playoffs their pick as well. The Nets could also buy a second rounder. They have $3.4 million available. With the new CBA permitting up to 17 players on next year’s rosters, including two-way players who will split their time between NBA and D-League rosters, expect second rounders to be more valuable, most costly.
June 24 - Nets must inform K.J. McDaniels whether they will exercise his team option for 2017-18. If so, his $3,476,873 contract goes into effect on July 1.
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 pill” deals like the one Brooklyn offered Tyler Johnson.
July - Spencer Dinwiddie’s contract guarantees for $50,000 for 2017-18 if he participates in summer league and summer conditioning program. Details on the Archie Goodwin deal haven’t been disclosed, but it seems likely they will match Dinwiddie’s with multiple trigger dates for partial guarantees to kick in.
July 7 - Free agents can officially be signed. Press conferences are held. Jerseys are held up.
July 7 to 17 - NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Expect to see a lot of the young Nets, D-Leaguers and of course draft picks. Road trip?
July 16 - Quincy Acy’s $1,709,538 guarantees for 2017-18.
August 25 to September 3 — FIBA Americas Cup. Canada’s Andrew Nicholson and Argentina’s Juan Pablo Vaulet are likely to play for their national teams.
August 31 to September 17 — Eurobasket 2017. As of now, only one player on the roster is eligible: Justin Hamilton who has dual U.S. - Croatian nationality. He has been non-committal about playing for Croatia.
September 10 - Nets must renew their offers to any stashed players. As of now, that means Juan Pablo Vaulet. Of course, if the Nets sign him this summer to either a Brooklyn or Long Island deal, no need for the letter.
October 31 - Spencer Dinwiddie’s salary guarantees at $250,000 for 2017-18. Archie Goodwin’s salary guarantees at $200,000 for 2017-18.
October 31 - Nets must exercise rookie options for Rondae-Hollis Jefferson and Caris LeVert, fourth year for RHJ, third year for CLV.
January 10 - All partially and non- guaranteed deals become fully guaranteed, specifically in the Nets case for Dinwiddie and Goodwin if they remain with the team.