Last time we did a Deadlines & Commitments was back on June 22, two days after the Draft.
OUR WHOLE WORLD HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN!!
So we’re looking for a little calm, at least on the NBA front. Joe Tsai’s team, the Liberty, has playoff hopes as does the NetsGC, the Nets NBA2K team. But it will be a long time before the Nets in any form will take the basketball court now that Summer League is over.
Most free agents are signed around the league by now, although vet minimum deals, two-ways and camp invites can extend into August. The Nets still have their second two-way o fill, after signing Henry Ellenson earlier in the week. Ron Baker has been rumored as one possibility. Last season, the second two-way, Alan Williams, wasn’t signed until mid-September.
They also have three training camp invites — essentially future Long Island Nets — to sign and three coaching vacancies to fill. We’re wondering as well where Jaylen Hands will wind up. Finally, the NBA regular season schedule should be out in the three or so weeks.
July 27 - WNBA All-Star Game, Las Vegas
August 5-9 - Team USA camp in Las Vegas. Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris are playing for USA Basketball’s select team, the Team USA practice squad.
August 6 - WNBA Trade Deadline
August 6 - Nicolas Claxton can be traded.
August 11 - Liberty return to Barclays Center for their only regular season game in Brooklyn vs. the Seattle Storm.
August 16 - Henry Ellenson can be traded.
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 so they won’t be participating. Of the stashes, only Nemanja Dangubic of Serbia, acquired in the DeMarre Carroll S&T, is a possibility.
September 8 - Last day of WNBA regular season.
September 10 - Teams must renew their rights to stashed players. A formality.
September 11 - WNBA playoffs begin.
September 23 - 10th anniversary of Mikhail Prokhorov’s agreement to purchase 80 percent of the Nets and 45 percent of the then unbuilt Barclays Center
September 27 — Training camp opens. Off-Season ends, Pre-Season begins. Teams (like the Nets) who play preseason games overseas get a head start over the other clubs who open their camps three days later.
October 4 - Nets host Basquete Franca of Brazil at Barclays Center in preseason opener.
October 8 - Last possible date for WNBA Finals
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 at the Mercedes Benz Arena and Shenzhen in the Shenzhen Dayun Center. Both will be televised ... and start at 7:30 a.m.
October 18 — Last preseason game, Nets vs. Raptors at Nassau Coliseum.
October 21 (or Day before Opening Night) - Last day the Nets can sign Caris LeVert or Taurean Prince to a rookie contract extension beginning in 2020-21.
December 15 - Free agents signed in the summer —Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, David Nwaba— can be traded.