This is the week the calendar begins to turn to next steps: extensions, trades, 10-days, etc., leading up to the NBA Draft Lottery (160 days from today). Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s also coming when the Nets have lost eight straight games and appear to be regressing.
What will happen? Beats us, but here is a calendar to help guide you.
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 $47.5 million. The Nets have until the end of June to make the deal or Dinwiddie becomes an unrestricted 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.
December 19-22 — NBA G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. All 27 G League teams in one place ... a scouting bonanza. Also, all 30 NBA GM’s in one place for the last time before trade deadline. Expect trade rumors galore.
January 5 — 10-day contracts may now be signed.
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.
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.
April 17-20 — Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Portsmouth, Va. College seniors show their wares to NBA scouts and hope for summer league and training camp invites. Select few get NBA Combine invites.
May 14 — NBA Draft Lottery, Chicago. New lottery odds apply for the first time.
May 14-19 -- NBA Draft Combine 2019, Chicago. Sixty prospects get measured, interviewed and otherwise scrutinized.
June 20 — NBA Draft, Brooklyn, NY. Hope for hometown advantage.
June 24 — Last day for potential restricted free agents to exercise player options.
July 1 — NBA Free Agency begins. Negotiations are not supposed to begin until now, but signings get announced minutes after midnight. Restricted free agents can sign an offer sheet.
July 6 — July moratorium ends (12 noon ET) Teams can begin officially signing players, extending players, and completing trades.