Basketball returns this week, at least for one Nets player, Dzanan Musa. He flew into Sarajevo on Friday to begin training with the Bosnian National Team, who’s playing in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Musa will be accompanied by assistant coach Pablo Prigioni and a member of the Nets’ performance team.
Also new on the schedule: the Nets Open Practice at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which takes place on October 6, three days after the first preseason game at Barclays Center against the Knicks. Looks like Media Day will take place on September 24, two weeks from Monday!
September 13 - 16 — FIBA World Cup Qualifiers continue in Europe. Nets rookie Dzanan Musa will play for Bosnia and Nets stash Aleksandar Vezenkov for Bulgaria. Bosnia and Bulgaria are competing for a spot in Group K of the European qualifiers. Bosnia, with both Musa and Portland’s Yusuf Nurkic, has the stronger roster and the easier schedule, Finland on Thursday and Czech Republic on Sunday. Bulgaria will take on powerhouses France and Russia. No word yet on whether camp invite Mitch Creek will play for Australia’s national team in the Asia Qualifiers or stash Juan Pablo Vaulet will play for Argentina in the Americas. The World Cup will take place next summer in China.
September 15 — First of two local player tryouts for Long Island Nets, one in Long Island, one in Brooklyn. For $175, you can test your skills against others in front of Brooklyn and Long Island front office staffs. This round will take place at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville
September 20 — No-package trade restriction lifts on Jared Dudley. That means Dudley can be included in a larger deal. Prior to this date, he could only be traded in a one-for-one deal.
September 22 — Another chance for local players to try out for the Long Island Nets this one at the Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, part of the Floyd Bennett Field recration complex.
September 24 — Media Day (unofficial). Reporters, bloggers and TV crews gather at HSS Training Center for interviews with players, coaches, etc. In addition, players tape promotional material for both the team and YES Network.
September 24 — Expansion Draft for the NBA2K e-sports league. Brooklyn Gaming, the Nets new entry, has second pick.
September 25 — Nets training camp opens in Brooklyn. The Nets will train at HSS Training Center this season. Last year, camp was at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Nets have previously trained at Duke University in Durham, NC.
October 3 - 12 — Nets will open the 2018-19 campaign with a four-game preseason schedule that includes only one home game at Barclays Center on October 3 vs. the Knicks, but will make their inaugural appearance in the NBA Canada Series a week later, playing in Montreal. The Nets will play the Knicks twice, once at Barclays and once at Madison Square Garden.
October 6 — Practice in the Park. The Nets open practice takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn. An open-to-the-public, FREE event that will see the entire team take the court for drills as they prepare for the upcoming season. The day will also include youth basketball games, fan interactions. The event begins at 11 a.m. Subway and ferry nearby.
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.
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. Will Weaver is Long Island’s new head coach.
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 on charges that he scammed $4 million from investors through a ticket-resale Ponzi scheme. Expect a lot of testimony about how he fooled BSE 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. The Nets will face the Knicks at the 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.
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.
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.
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.