Will the Nets be “remade” in the next month? A lot could happen.
One month from Tuesday, NBA teams will be permitted to sign free agents. Although the details are usually well-known (thanks Woj) by July 1 or 2, the first time a player can put pen to paper is July 5. That goes for the team’s own free agents as well as others who they may seek out. If the Nets are going to tender a big offer sheet to a restricted free agent, that’s likely to happen a month from Tuesday as well. Expect a number of sign-and-trades, too, Woj reported this week.
And a month from Wednesday, summer league begins in Las Vegas!
In the meantime, the NBA Draft will take place on June 21. The frantic competition for the best of the undrafted will start around midnight June 22, right after the 60th pick. FIBA Qualifiers are on tap at the end of the month with Timofey Mozgov (Russia) and the Nets two stashes, Juan Pablo Vaulet (Argentina) and Aleksandar Vezenkov (Bulgaria), playing for their national teams.
Our advice? Watch THIS space.
May 31-June 9 - Jeremy Lin is in Asia on the first of his two “sharing tours,” this one taking him to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He’ll travel to southern China later this summer. Lin is spending the first week of this tour in Taiwan, then head to Hong Kong for events on June 7 and 8 and Shanghai to close out the tour on June 9. There’s also a report he’s been invited to be the commencement speaker at a Taiwan university at tour’s end.
June 7 - Grand opening of the BSE Global (formerly Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment) offices one floor below the HSS Training Center on 39th Street in Brooklyn’s Industry City. It’s the first time the Nets business offices and basketball operations facility will be co-located since early 2012 when the business offices left East Rutherford, N.J. Basketball operations four years later.
June 11 - NBA Draft Early Entry Entrant Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET) Last day international players can opt out of the Draft.
June 21 - NBA Draft. The Nets have the Raptors pick in the first round, the Lakers and Bucks second round picks. That means the Nets currently hold the 29th (Raptors), 40th (Lakers) and 45th (Bucks) picks. The Nets secured all those picks in trades, the first two in the DeMarre Carroll-for-Justin Hamilton deal with Toronto last July; the third in return for Tyler Zeller at the deadline. When Sean Marks came on board in February 2016, the Nets had no picks in this draft.
The Cavaliers have their Nets own first rounder, which is eighth and the 76ers hold their second rounder, now 38th, acquired in a 2014 salary dump that sent Andrei Kirilenko and Jorge Gutierrez down the Turnpike.
For the eighth straight year, the Nets are hosting the Draft, the last six at Barclays Center and the two before that at Prudential Center in Newark.
June 22 - Sometimes called the “third round” of the Draft. Immediately after the 60th pick, teams start calling agents for the top players who went undrafted, offering summer league invitations, perhaps even a two-way contract. In 2016, the Nets got Yogi Ferrell of Indiana to agree to a free agent deal the day after the draft. In 2017, it was Jake Wiley of Eastern Washington, Jeremy Senglin of Weber State and Milton Doyle of Loyola Chicago. Wiley got a two-way deal. Doyle got one eventually.
June 25 - 2018 NBA Awards are announced. Don’t expect any Nets to win, but the votes for each award will be released as well. How did Spencer Dinwiddie do in Most Improved, Jarrett Allen in Rookie of the Year?
June 28-July 1 - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Americas. Juan Pablo Vaulet, the Nets 6’7” stash from the 2015 Draft, plays for Argentina in the final round of qualifiers for the World Cup 2019. Argentina will play Panama and Uruguay.
June 29-July 2 - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Europe. Timofey Mozgov will play for Russia vs. Belgium and France. Mozgov and Alexey Shved, the former Knick who led the Euroleague in scoring, both agreed to play for the national team last month.
Aleksandar Vezenkov, the Nets 6’9” stash from the 2017 Draft, plays for Bulgaria in final round of qualifiers for World Cup 2019. Bulgaria must beat the Czech Republic and Iceland to qualify.
All the national teams are likely to play a “friendly” or exhibition game prior to the FIBA Qualifiers.
June 29 - Nets can tender Nik Stauskas a $5.1 million qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. Otherwise, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Nets can re-sign him if they wish.
June 29 - Deadline for the Nets to decide if they want to field a team for the NBA 2K franchises for the 2019 season. Of the NBA’s 30 teams, 17 have signed up for the NBA’s esports league. The first 17 teams paid $750,000 and committed to three years.
June 30 - Nets can exercise their team option on Isaiah Whitehead ’s $1.5 million non-guaranteed salary for 2018-19. Because of a quirk in the CBA, the Nets would only save $700,000 in cap space if they didn’t exercise their option. So expect Whitehead back. IF, on the other hand, the Nets waive him, it would suggest the Nets are clearing as much cap space as they can for a big free agency move.
Also this is the final day for the Nets to spend their $5.1 million in cash considerations. Most of it is normally used on Draft Day deals. Last year was only the second time in the Mikhail Prokhorov era that the Nets did not use cash considerations to buy a pick. Before that, they had spent a grand total of $9.8 million in eight different transactions that helped them either acquire a pick or move up.
July 1 - Jahlil Okafor, Dante Cunningham, Quincy Acy, Joe Harris and (presumably) Nik Stauskas become unrestricted free agents. Free Agency opens around the league with a five-day moratorium that permits negotiations but no signings.
July 5 - Free Agency Moratorium ends. Players can now put pen to paper.
July 6-17 - 2018 NBA Summer League (Las Vegas) All 30 teams in one league for the first time. Expect a number of the young Nets to play. It’s uncertain whether Jarrett Allen will be among them. Caris LeVert told reporters last week that he anticipates playing some games, but not all five games. Expect a contingent of Nets players in the stands cheering on the kids.
July 13 - Should the Nets tender Stauskas a qualifying offer, they can withdraw it at any time up to this date.
July 28 - August 6 - Jeremy Lin’s second “sharing tour” to Asia will take him —as well as Spencer Dinwiddie — to China, specifically Guangzhou in southern China. Lin normally has one long tour of Asia, but his trainers advised him to do two tours to save wear-and-tear on his body.
August 31 — Last day teams may waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2018/19 salaries.
September 7 - Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony. Jason Kidd and Rod Thorn will be in Springfield, Mass, at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.