A lot of excitement and anxiety this week as the trade deadline approaches. The official deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. Should we expect trades? Based on Sean Marks history, the answer is yet. He’s been at the job two years as of February 18 and made eight trades, garnering seven picks. Look for more of the same.
February 8 - NBA trade deadline, 3:00 p.m. The deadline is two weeks earlier than it has been in recent years. It now comes before All Star weekend.
February 11 - Chinese Basketball Association regular season ends. American free agents will be looking for NBA slots. Expect a lot of rumors but little action. Long Island Nets hold G-League rights to Jamaal Franklin, arguably the best all-around U.S. player in China.
February 16-18 - NBA All-Star 2018 (Los Angeles, CA)
February 19-27 - FIBA Europe World Cup Qualifiers. Nets Stash Aleksandar Vezenkov won’t compete for Bulgaria. Because of a dispute between FIBA and the Euroleague, Vezenkov had to get clearance from his European pro team, F.C. Barcelona, to play in the qualifiers, but Barca said no, further exacerbating bad relationships between the team and the Nets stash.
February 22 - NBA G-League trade deadline, 3 p.m. ET
March 1 - NBA Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline. A player has to have been waived by this date to be eligible for playoff rosters. He can sign up with another team up to April 13, but he has to be a free agent by this date.
March 10 - Last day DPE’s can be exercised. As noted, restrictions apply.
March 16 - Nets play the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Okafor and Stauskas’ first game back in Philly.
March 24 - G-League regular season ends
March 27 - G-League Postseason begins (earliest possible start date)
April 11 - NBA Regular Season ends.
April 12 - Normally, the day after the end of regular season is when ties for draft position are broken by lot.
April 13 - Rosters set for NBA Playoffs 2018, 3 p.m. ET
April 14 - NBA Playoffs 2018 begin.
June 21 - NBA Draft. The Nets have the Raptors lottery-protected pick in the first round, the less favorable of the Lakers and Magic picks in the second round and if the Pacers fail to make the playoffs, their second round pick. That seems increasingly unlikely and the protections will roll over to the 2019 Draft. The Nets currently hold the 27th and 39th picks.
June 29 - Lin can exercise his player option and opt out of his $12.5 million salary for 2018-19. He has said he will be back in Brooklyn next year, as has Sean Marks.
June 29 - Nets can offer Nik Stauskas a $5.1 million qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. Unlikely.
June 30 - Nets can exercise their team option on Isaiah Whitehead ’s $1.5 million non-guaranteed salary for 2018-19. (Tyler Zeller also has no guarantee for 2018-19, but Nets don’t have a deadline to make a hard decision on his $1.9 million salary.)
July 1 - Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, Quincy Acy, and Joe Harris become free agents.