Free agency is already underway. The Nets starting calling potential two-way contracts on Friday, the day after the Draft and must inform K.J. McDaniels Thursday if they are going to exercise their team option and pay him $3.5 million next season, cutting into cap space for other free agents.
June 23+ - Starting around midnight Friday, Nets execs got on the phone with agents for the undrafted, offering them summer league and training camp gigs. Some already have partial cash guarantees from Brooklyn: Jake Wiley, the hyperathletic 6’7” forward from Eastern Washington State and Jeremy Senglin, the hot-shooting 6’3” guard out of Weber State. They could be the Long Island Nets two-way contracts. Last year, the Nets paid out $100,000 each to Yogi Ferrell and Edgijijus Mockevicius and $45,000 to Beau Beech.
June 26 - Nets introduce D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov at a press conference in Brooklyn. This follows the Nets introductory press conference for draft pick Jarrett Allen.
June 29 - 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. The Nets want as much cap room as they can gather going into free agency.
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. And the 48 hours starts at the end of the free agent moratorium on July 7.
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 sign 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 Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin for starters, plus a number of undrafted players. Also, Prince Ibeh, who played in Long Island last season, says he’ll be in Las Vegas, too. Reports out of France suggest that Vincent Poirier, a 6’11” center, has accepted a Nets invitation, but it’s only for the summer. He was signed by Baskonia in Spain to replace Andreas Bargnani.
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. No indication Portland is going in that direction.
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.
Late July/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? What to look for? D’Angelo Russell’s return to Los Angeles. Order popcorn now. Also, first time they play Miami whose fans (and execs) are still steamed about Nets decision to rest their top three scorers on the last game of last season.
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 two players on the roster are eligible: Justin Hamilton, who has dual U.S. - Croatian citizenship, and Timofey Mozgov, who is on the Russian roster. Hamilton has been non-committal about playing for Croatia. Mozgov has been enthused about his Russian obligations. Aleksandar Vezenkov, drafted by the Nets Thursday, plays for the Bulgarian national team in the summers, but they didn’t qualify for Eurobasket. Also, it will be Nets 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 and Aleksandar Vezenkov, taken Thursday night at No. 57. Of course, if the Nets sign Vaughn 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.
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. They play one preseason game at Nassau vs. the Westchester Knicks.
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.