The season inches closer. The Nets announced Wednesday that Media Day is a week from Monday and training camp will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland starting Tuesday.
In the meantime, there’s the conclusion of FIBA Eurobasket in Istanbul, where Timofey Mozgov has been critical in Russia’s surprising success.
We included big games as well as Long Island Nets dates. There are some new deadlines, including the NBA trade deadline. It’s now 10 days before NBA All-Star Weekend.
Here ya go...
September 15 - Russia meets Serbia, with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic, at 2:30 ET in the first of two semi-finals. In the other, to be played Thursday, Slovenia plays Spain. The two winners move on the Finals.
September 17 - Mozgov will either be playing in the championship game or the consolation, aka the 3rd place game, in Istanbul. He’ll have a week to take some time off then join his new teammates for training camp.
September 19 - Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson have their preseason press availability at HSS Training Center to talk about what happened this summer and what they expect this fall. Closed to the public.
September 25 - Media Day at HSS Training Center. Nets make players available for questioning by the media. The day begins at 11 a.m. Closed to the public. Afterwards, the Nets fly to Annapolis, Maryland.
September 26 - 30 - Nets training camp in Annapolis, MD. Far from the maddening crowd, the Nets will hold their camp on a college campus for the third time in five years. The previous two, in 2013 and 2015, took place at Duke. Yep, closed to the public.
September 30 - The Long Island Nets, will hold an open tryout for any local ballers looking to turn their dream into a reality. The tryouts are being held starting at 9 a.m. at LIU Post in Brookhaven. The fee is $150 to tryout. Will the next Jonathon Simmons be on hand?
Early October - Will the Nets’ Open Practice be held at Barclays, as it was two years ago, or at LIU, as it was last year? Don’t know yet. It usually takes place on a weekend afternoon. Bet on October 1. Again, nothing official.
October 1 - Restricted free agents must either accept their team’s qualifying offer or the QO will expire. If they don’t, RFAs Alex Len, Mason Plumlee, Nikola Mirotic and JaMychal Green will have no contract (and no paychecks), but their rights will be retained by their old teams. That’s what happened with Donatas Motiejunas last year. Nerlens Noel has already gone the QO route.
October 3 - Nets open preseason at MSG vs. the Knicks. All preseason games start at 7:30 p.m.
October 5 - Nets return to Barclays Center for the first time since April, playing the Heat in preseason.
October 8 - The Knicks come to Brooklyn to play their crosstown rivals. The two teams play six times between preseason and regular season. The Knicks are currently led by Carmelo Anthony, but who knows how long that lasts.
October 11 - The Nets and 76ers travel to Nassau Coliseum for the Nets final preseason game. The renovated Coliseum, owned by Mikhail Prokhorov's Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, is home to the Long Island Nets.
October 16 - Teams must get down to 17 players, 15 on NBA contracts, two on two-way deals. As the team with the worst record last season, the Nets will have first shot at waived players, but they must have an open spot themselves.
October 18 - The Nets open their 2017-18 regular season vs. the Pacers at the Bankers Life Field House in Indianpolis.
October 20 - The Nets open at home vs. the Magic at Barclays Center, celebrating five years in Brooklyn.
October 21 - NBA G League Draft. It’s not like the NBA Draft. It has different rules and is held via conference call. 1 p.m. ET.
October 23 - NBA G League training camps open.
October 27 - Nets play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the rivalry’s first regular season game.
October 31 - Spencer Dinwiddie’s salary guarantees at $250,000 for 2017-18 (Action will likely take place before regular season opens and deadline likely earlier since contract was signed when regular season started on October 31.)
October 31 - Nets must exercise rookie options for D’Angelo Russell (fourth year) Rondae-Hollis Jefferson (fourth year) and Caris LeVert (third year). Obviously, not an issue.
November 2 - NBA G League 10-man opening day rosters set by 5 p.m.
November 3 - The Nets and D’Angelo Russell travel to L.A. to open a five-game West Coast trip vs. the Lakers. Russell’s first game back in Los Angeles.
November 10 - Allen Crabbe returns to Portland for the first time.
November 4 - The Long Island Nets will open their first season at their new home, the renovated Nassau Coliseum, vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. They will play one preseason game as well, at Nassau vs. the Westchester Knicks. No date has been announced for that yet.
November 19 - The Nets welcome NBA champion Golden State Warriors to Barclays.
November 23-24 - FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers. Nets stash Aleksandar Vezenkov leads Bulgaria into the next-to-final step for the Lions to make the World Cup list.
December 7 - The Nets play the Thunder in Mexico City as part of NBA Global Games.
December 9 - The Nets play the Heat in Mexico City as part of NBA Global Games.
December 14 - The Nets play the Knicks at Barclays Center.
December 15 - DeMarre Carroll returns to Toronto for the first time.
January 5 - 10-day contracts may now be signed
January 10 - All partially- and non- guaranteed deals become fully guaranteed, specifically in the Nets case for Dinwiddie if he remains with the team.
January 10-13 - NBA G League Showcase 2018 in Mississauga, Ontario, home of the Raptors 905, Toronto’s affiliate. Last big gathering of GMs before trade deadline, which has been moved up this year (see below). Expect rumors to begin here.
January 15 - The Nets play the Knicks at Barclays.
January 15 - G League two-way contracts guaranteed.
January 30 - The Nets play the Knicks at MSG.
February 2 - Brook Lopez returns to Barclays Center.
February 8 - NBA Trade Deadline, 3:00 p.m. NBA moved the deadline up this year, putting it ahead of All-Star weekend. The earlier deadline will give traded players more time to acclimate themselves to their new teams. They’ll get to play two more weeks of games before the playoffs.
February 16-18 - NBA All-Star Weekend (Los Angeles, CA). Is Russell thinking about making the All-Star team (hey, Magic Johnson said he has All-Star talent) in L.A.? Nah.