It’s getting closer! Training camp opens this month! It’s that time of year when every fan of every team thinks they are going to rule the roost come June. For the first time in a long time, Nets fans seem justified in thinking their team has a shot.
There’s also news on the ownership front with the NBA Board of Governors expected to approve Joe Tsai as owner at the end of the week. Tsai can also be expected to close on the purchase of Barclays Center, which doesn’t need league approval, around the same time. Once again, the price was $3.5 billion, the biggest price ever paid for an NBA franchise.
Also Kevin Durant has begun to show his face in Brooklyn in the last few days as he moves his rehab from ruptured Achilles surgery from L.A. to New York.
September 17 - WNBA Draft Lottery. Liberty has 44 percent chance of getting overall No. 1 pick.
September 19-20 - NBA Board of Governors meeting. On the agenda: approving the sale of the Nets to Joe Tsai. A time for farewells and celebrations. Once the governors (aka owners) approve the sale, Tsai will become only one of four owners with franchises in the NBA, WNBA, G League and NBA2K.
September 21 - Second of two Long Island Nets sponsored open tryouts. The first was held in Brooklyn on September 7. This one will be held at LIU’s Pratt Center in Brookville. Workouts run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
September 24 - Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson hold their first press conference since before Free Agency. A lot has happened since... in case you were in a cave (without WiFi) since June 30.
September 27 — Training camp opens with Media Day. 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. Will both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both be there to take questions? Will anyone else get any questions?
October 4 - Nets host Basquete Franca of Brazil at Barclays Center in preseason opener.
October 5 - Nets Open Practice in the Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park. 10 am to 3 pm.
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. ET.
October 21 - Last day the Nets can sign Taurean Prince to a rookie contract extension beginning in 2020-21 of face the prospect of him becoming a restricted free agent and open to offer sheets from other teams come July 1, 2020. The Nets avoided this deadline with Caris LeVert by signing LeVert to a three-year, $52.5 million extension on August 25.
-- Rodion Kurucs next hearing on domestic assault charges in Brooklyn.
— G League Draft.
October 22 - NBA regular season opens.
October 23 - Nets open the 2019-20 season in Brooklyn vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
October 31 - Rookie contract team options on Jarrett Allen (fourth year) and Dzanan Musa (third year) can be exercised.
November 1 - Wilson Chandler’s 25-game suspension for PED use begins with the fifth game of the season. Brooklyn can add a 16th player for the next 25 games ending December 15 vs. Philadelphia. At that point, the Nets will have to waive a player to get back to 15. That player could be Chandler or the player they sign or another player.
—First of 20 nationally televised games, Nets vs. Rockets, at Barclays Center.
November 9 - G League opens with Long Island Nets facing the Mad Ants in Fort Wayne. Two days later, it’s the College Park Skyhawks at Nassau Coliseum. Long Island is the Eastern Conference defending champions.
December 15 - Free agents signed in the summer —Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, Theo Pinson and David Nwaba— can be traded.