The trade deadline has passed. So has the All-Star Break. Is there anything left on the calendar? Plenty. Nets still have an open roster spot that they can fill. Tahjere McCall is currently on a 10-day but those can be terminated. Then, there’s the playoffs, the NBA Draft and free agency all down the road.
Here’s our latest look at the Nets calendar. Some G League, some WNBA dates included as well.
March 1 -- Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline. 11:59 pm. Players waived after this date are ineligible for the playoffs. Big buyout deadline.
March 5 — NBA2K Draft at Barclays Center.
March 23 — NBA G League regular season ends.
March 26-April 12 — NBA G League Playoffs. Long Island has never made the playoffs, but have a great shot this season.
April 6 — Last day a team can sign a player to a 10-day deal.
April 10 -- Regular Season ends. Luxury taxes calculated for teams over the tax threshold. The Nets are currently about $6 million short of the luxury tax threshold. Hard to imagine the Nets going over the threshold this year, knowing they may have to go over in future years ... and as Mikhail Prokhorov knows, if you’re over the threshold for several years —a “repeat offender,” you get hit a lot harder.
April TBD — WNBA Draft. New York Liberty, owned by Nets minority investor Joe Tsai, currently has the second overall pick.
April 14 — NBA Playoffs begin. Nets currently hold 6th seed and would play the Pacers, currently the third seed.
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. Hopefully, we’ll all be observers only.
May 14-19 -- NBA Draft Combine 2019, Chicago. Sixty prospects get measured, interviewed and otherwise scrutinized.
May 24 — New York Liberty opens WNBA season at Westchester County Center. Will Joe Tsai change their name ... their colors? And will they become the Brooklyn Liberty or Long Island Liberty? Or keep the New York moniker but find a new market.
June 20 — NBA Draft, Brooklyn, NY. Hope for hometown advantage. Nets currently have the 17th (their own); 27th (Nuggets) and 32nd (Knicks) picks. Also, once the draft is concluded, summer league invitations will go out to undrafted players.
June 14 - No-trade restriction lifts on Spencer Dinwiddie. Since the trade deadline has already passed, he can’t be traded till July 6. Not that that’s likely.
June 24 - Team option deadline for Shabazz Napier ($1.8 million) and Treveon Graham ($1.6 million).
June 29 — Player option deadline for Allen Crabbe.
June 29 — Qualifying offer deadline for Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, D’Angelo Russell. By making qualifying offer, the Nets will hold on to their rights, making them restricted free agents. But both have big capholds: $7.4 million for RHJ and $21.1 million for DLo.
June 30 — Contracts for DeMarre Carroll ($15.4 million) and Jared Dudley ($9.5 million) expire. Nets payroll commitment to Dwight Howard ($18.9 million) and Kenneth Faried ($13.3 million) end. Nets still have one more year of stretch payments ($5.5 million) to Deron Williams.
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 5-July 15 — NBA Summer League, Las Vegas, NV. All 30 teams will be represented.
July 6 — July moratorium ends (12 noon ET) Teams can begin officially signing players, extending players, and completing trades. The Nets could have enough for at least one, maybe two, max players, depending on what they do at the deadline among other things.
August 31-September 15 - FIBA World Cup, China. No word on who might be playing or not playing for their national teams among Nets players, stashes — or future picks. Latvia (Rodions Kurucs) and Bosnia (Dzanan Musa) didn’t qualify. Will Weaver, the Long Island head coach, is an assistant coach for the Australian national team.
September TBD — Training camp opens. Teams like the Nets who will play preseason games overseas get a head start over the other clubs.
October 10-12 — Nets and Lakers travel to China for the NBA China Games where they’ll play two games vs. the Lakers in Shanghai and Shenzhen.