While we and the Nets wait, a look at what’s coming up. With trade rumors and star players seeking new homes, this year’s free agency has been extended. Last year, the Nets made their final moves on July 14, getting agreements to sign from Luis Scola, Joe Harris and Randy Foye. The Nets do have 15 players under contract, 13 of them guaranteed. They also have signed one of their two-way deals.
The Nets can still be a player in salary dumps or even tender an offer sheet to a late restricted free agent. Patience, young skywalkers.
Here’s what else is going on... Lots of overseas activity:
July 25 and 25 - Jeremy Lin will host NBA China basketball clinics in Shenzen and Shanghai as he wraps up his annual trip to Taiwan and China.
Late July - Spencer Dinwiddie’s contract guarantees for $50,000 for 2017-18. His contract required him to participate in summer league and summer conditioning program.
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, Brook Lopez’s return to Brooklyn. DeMarre Carroll’s return to Toronto Order popcorn now.
Other dates of interest: 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. Also, first visit to Barclays by the Wizards and Otto Porter.
August 3 to August 16 - FIBA World Cup European Pre-Qualifiers in Portugal. Nets’ stash Aleksandar Vezenko plays for Bulgaria. Vezenkov, the Nets second round stash, has already played in five friendlies, Eurospeak for exhibition games. He’s averaging 20.6 points and seven rebounds.
August 5 - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will play for Team World in the second annual NBA Africa exhibition in Johannesburg. RHJ was named to the team last week.
August 23 - G-League expansion draft. Long Island Nets can protect up to nine players rights in this year’s draft. With four new teams, current teams likely to lose at least two players.
August 25 to September 3 — FIBA Americas Cup in Argentina. Argentina’s Juan Pablo Vaulet is out for the summer after ankle surgery, but he’s still been named to Argentina’s preliminary roster. The competition is in Cordoba, Argentina, JPV’s hometown.
August 31 to September 17 — Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey. As of now, only two players on the roster are eligible: Yakuba “Billy” Ouatarra, the Ghanian-French shooting guard the Nets signed to a two-way deal, in on the preliminary roster for France and Timofey Mozgov, who is on the Russian roster. Also, it will be Nets assistant coach Chris Fleming’s last turn as Germany’s national team coach.
August 31 — Last day teams may waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2017/18 salaries. Unlikely for any of the Nets players, but maybe there’s a free agent out there the Nets would be interested in.
September 5 - Nets must renew their offers to any stashed players. As of now, that means Vaulet and Vezenkov, taken last Thursday night at No. 57.
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. Not an issue.
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.
First week of December - Nets will play the Spurs and Thunder in Mexico City as part of NBA Global Games.
December 10 -- Nets can acquire Donatas Motiejunas, one year after the Rockets matched their offer on the big man. Doubt that happens.
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.