Big week coming up. Thursday, the Nets will take a big step or two or three on Draft Night. Expect surprises. Then, there’s the “third round” of the draft, when teams make calls to agents for the undrafted, followed by free agency.
But first, if you have time on Saturday, there’s a fan event on Long Island for the Nets D-League club.
June 17 - Long Island Nets Fan Fest at Nassau Coliseum. Essentially an open house at the D-League team’s new home. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours of the venue are available, but fans must register at the team’s website.
June 18 to 22 — Final workouts. At least two first round picks are scheduled for late workouts: Tony Bradley, the 7-foot center from North Carolina, and Terrance Ferguson, the 6’7” small forward who played in Australia last season. The Nets can work players out on the morning or afternoon of the Draft. It’s the advantage of playing, practicing and working out in the same borough as the Draft.
June 22 - NBA Draft. Barclays Center will host the draft for the fifth straight year. Perhaps a concessionaire could market Billy King face masks? The Nets will have two picks in the late 20’s, the Wizards pick at No. 22 and the the Celtics pick at 27.
The Nets don’t have their own second rounder, which goes to Atlanta, but will have the Celtics pick, No. 57. The Nets could also buy a second rounder. They have $3.4 million available. Last year, the Nets bundled the 55th pick with $3 million to move up to No. 42 and take Isaiah Whitehead.
The Nets have up to $3.425 million to spend on picks this year: the $3.5 million annual limit on cash considerations minus the $75,000 they gave Houston to acquire K.J. McDaniels. Problem is that teams who might want to sell picks, Philadelphia for example, have limits on accepting cash considerations. They may want second rounders. Nets don’t have a second rounder of their own until 2021.
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, more costly.
June 23 - As Draft concludes, so around midnight, Nets execs will be on the phone with agents for the undrafted, offering them summer league and training camp gigs. Some will get partial cash guarantees. Last year, the Nets paid out $100,000 each to Yogi Ferrell and Edgijijus Mockevicius and $45,000 to Beau Beech.
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 as well. The player’s current team has 48 hours, rather than the previous 72, to match. But no more “poison pill” deals like the one Brooklyn offered Tyler Johnson. That was eliminated in the new CBA.
July 4 - No-trade restriction lifts on Archie Goodwin.
July 7 - Free agents can officially be signed. Press conferences are held. Jerseys are held up. If the Nets have signed and RFA to an offer sheet between July 1 and 6, the 48-hour matching window begins at midnight.
July 7 to 17 - NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. First game is July 7 vs. the Hawks. Summer league teams can have bigger rosters than NBA rosters ... and mostly do.
Who do we know will be playing for Brooklyn? Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert, Isaiah Whitehead for starters. Also, expect and Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin from last year’s Nets and probably Prince Ibeh too. Reports out of France suggest that Vincent Poirier, a 6’11” center, has accepted a Nets invitation.
July 10 - Nets can acquire Allen Crabbe or Tyler Johnson in a trade. Teams who bid on restricted free agents can’t acquire them for a year. Nets have been rumored to be interested in taking on salary dump if he can get a first rounder as well. Although no deal involving Crabbe could be concluded on Draft Night, it could be agreed to then and concluded later.
July - Spencer Dinwiddie’s contract guarantees for $50,000 for 2017-18 if he participates in summer league and summer conditioning program.
July 16 - Quincy Acy’s $1,709,538 guarantees for 2017-18 unless the Nets tell refuse to exercise his team option. Contracts like Acy’s can be ideal for Draft Night trades. A team needing to match salaries can take on a player with a July option, then waive him.
Early August - NBA schedule is released. This year’s season will be longer with fewer back-to-backs, more built-in rest. So maybe the schedule will be out earlier?
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 in Cordoba, Argentina, JPV’s hometown.
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. With all the Nets scouting in Europe, expect there to be other Nets participating. Also, it will be assistant coach Chris Fleming’s last turn as Germany’s national team coach.
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. And if the Nets draft and stash on June 22, they get offers too.
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.
Late October - D-League Draft. It’s not like the NBA Draft. It has different rules and is held via conference call.
Early November - Long Island Nets will open their first season at their new home, the renovated Nassau Coliseum.
December 10 -- Nets can acquire Donatas Motiejunas, one year after the Rockets matched their offer on the big man.
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.