We THINK all the big news this summer has already happened. Of course, we thought that LAST WEEK and suddenly the team and arena were sold! Now, things shift to the international arena starting this week.
August 22 and 24 - Team USA plays Australia’s Boomers twice at the 57,000-seat Marvel Stadium. It’s Joe Harris’ last shot to make the American team. Former Net Mitch Creek will play for Australia and former Long Island Nets head coach Will Weaver is an assistant coach for the national team.
August 23 - Friday is the Nets team day on NBA TV. All Nets games, all day.
August 31-September 15 - FIBA World Cup, China. With Harris being the best 3-point shooter on Team USA, it looks like he has a good shot at making the final 12-man roster. Latvia (Rodions Kurucs) and Bosnia (Dzanan Musa) didn’t qualify so they won’t be participating. Deng Adel, signed to an Exhibit 10 contract by the Nets last month, was cut by Team Australia.
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. It would take a miracle for the Liberty to make the post-season.
September 20 - NBA Board of Governors meeting. On the agenda: approving the sale of the Nets to Joe Tsai.
September 21 - Second of two Long Island Nets sponsored open tryouts. This tryout will be held at LIU’s Pratt Center in Brookville. Both workouts are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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. It’s likely that the sale of the Nets to Joe Tsai will be approved this week by the NBA Board of Governors.
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 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 on October 10 and in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Dayun Center two days later. Both will be televised ... and start at 7:30 a.m. the next day in New York.
October 18 — Last preseason game, Nets vs. Raptors at Nassau Coliseum.
October 21 - Last day the Nets can sign Caris LeVert or Taurean Prince to a rookie contract extension beginning in 2020-21 of face the prospect of them being restricted free agents and open to offer sheets from other teams come July 1.
October 22 - NBA regular season opens.
October 23 - Nets open the 2019-20 season in Brooklyn vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- October 31 — Rookie contrac team options on Jarrett Allen (fourth year) and Dzanan Musa (third year) can be exercised.
December 15 - Free agents signed in the summer —Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, Theo Pinson and David Nwaba— can be traded.