The deadlines get more and more bunched up as the season gets closer. Over the next two months not only will the Nets play according to their schedule but opportunities will arise along the way, for extensions, trades, etc. And the Long Island Nets, under new coach Will Weaver, will be setting up shop as well.
October 8 - Nets begin their preseason road trip, Detroit and Montreal, playing the Pistons in the Motor City before moving on to Montreal.
October 10 - The Nets, who’ve been to China twice as well as Mexico and England during the Mikhail Prokhorov era, will go international once again, traveling to Montreal, Canada for a game with the Raptors. The teams will play at Montreal’s Bell Centre as part of the NBA Canada series. YES will broadcast the game.
October 10 - G League tryout players who were offered a contract this past week, as well as any international players, must sign and return their contracts
October 12 - Final preseason game, Nets vs. Knicks, at Madison Square Garden.
October 15 — Rosters set for NBA Opening Day. Each team will have 15 players and two two-way players. Also, extension deadline for D’Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Players with Exhibit 10 contracts who are cut are offered spots with Long Island. As of now, that would be Mitch Creek, Jordan McLaughlin and Nuni Omot. If they accept the offer, they must report by October 20. If they stay for 60 days, they get $50,000 bonuses in addition to a G League salary.
October 17 — Start of the 2018-19 NBA Regular Season. Nets play Pistons in Detroit.
October 19 — Opening Night at Barclays Center: Nets host the Knicks.
October 20 — NBA G League Draft, 1 p.m. The Long Island Nets have been stocking their draft shelves and currently have two picks in the first round, six in the first two rounds, seven in the first three. Their highest pick is No. 14.
October 23 — NBA G League training camps open. Long Island Nets train at the Yes, We Can facility in Westbury on the island. The 45-day limit for two-way players starts. Once a two-way player exceeds 45 days with the NBA team, the NBA team must decide whether to sign him to a standard NBA player deal.
October 23 - November 1 — NBA G League Preseason games. The Long Island Nets and Westchester Knicks will face off. No date set.
October 29 — The Manhattan federal court trial of sports-talk personality Craig Carton is scheduled to open. He’s charged with scamming $4 million from investors through a ticket-resale Ponzi scheme involving, among other things, Barclays Center events. Expect testimony about how he fooled Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment officials into unknowingly assisting the scheme.
October 31 — Deadline for extending Caris LeVert’s contract to a fourth year and Jarrett Allen’s to a third. There’ll be no drama here.
November 2 -- NBA G League 10-man opening day rosters set by 5 p.m.
November 3 -- 2018-19 NBA G League season tips off. Long Island will face Westchester at Nassau Coliseum.
December 8 — The Nets and Dinwiddie can begin extension talks on this, the second anniversary of his signing in 2016. He is eligible for a contract that’s four years and roughly $47.5 million. The Nets have until the end of June to make the deal or Dinwiddie becomes a free agent.
December 15 — No-trade restrictions lift on Treveon Graham, Theo Pinson, Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier ... as well as more than 100 other players around the league. The official start of the trade season.
December 16 — Jeremy Lin and the Hawks return to Barclays Center, his first game in Brooklyn since April 2017.
January 5 — 10-day contracts may now be signed. Two-ways can be
January 7 — Last day to waive a player with non-guaranteed salary before his salary becomes guaranteed for the remainder of that season.
January 9 — Maybe Vince Carter’s final game vs. his old team, the Nets. He has said there’s a 90 percent chance of his retiring after this year. He’s playing for the Hawks this season.
January 10 — All non-guaranteed contracts other than two-ways become fully guaranteed. Currently, all 15 Nets have guaranteed deals.
January 15 -- Last day teams can sign NBA Two-Way contracts. Teams can sign and waive two-way players throughout the season.
January 15 — No-trade restriction lifts on Joe Harris.
January 20 — Two-Way contracts guaranteed for rest of season.
February 4 — The Bucks and Brook Lopez are in town, his first game with Milwaukee at Barclays.
February 7 -- NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
February 15-17 -- NBA All-Star 2019 (Charlotte, NC)
February 21 — G League trade deadline
March 1 -- Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline. Players waived after this date are ineligible for the playoffs. Big buyout deadline.
March 23 — NBA G League regular season ends
March 26-April 12 — NBA G League Playoffs
April 10 -- Regular Season ends. Luxury taxes calculated for teams over the tax threshold.
After that, the playoffs?!?