The Nets are back in Brooklyn and as of Tuesday will officially be back at HSS Training Center on 39th Street in Sunset Park. Opening night is three weeks away. Great stuff, but this season will take place in a pandemic. So there will be differences and restrictions.
The NBA has sent all 30 teams its extensive 139-page “Health and Safety Protocols” memo, which The Athletic first revealed on Saturday. In addition, the league released its latest list of “key dates.” Based on those two documents and contract details found on Basketball Insiders and Spotrac salary pages, here’s what we got...
—December 1 - Training camps open, with restrictions. Only four players and staff members are allowed in the team training facility for court work and weight room work at any one time. Players and staff will be tested daily as they were in the “Bubble.”
—December 1-to-5 - There will be no “Media Day” with dozens of reporters allowed to interview players at team training facility. Instead it’s virtual “Media Week,” with scheduled Zoom calls with players and media availability with Sean Marks and Steve Nash.
—December 2 - Jeremiah Martin two-way contract is non-guaranteed until now. Receives $50,000 if not cut.
—December 6 - First team workouts permitted but no more than 50 team personnel will be allowed in training facility.
—December 8 - First day players traded earlier in off-season can be moved again in multi-player deals. Applies to Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown on Nets. The rule has delayed some trades around the league from becoming official.
—December 13 - Nets vs. Wizards preseason game at Barclays Center, 6:00 p.m. First look at Kevin Durant in Nets uniform? Game on YES Network.
—December 18 - Nets vs. Celtics preseason game at TD Center in Boston, 8:00 p.m. Game on YES Network and ESPN2.
—December 19 - Last day to waive a player on a non-guaranteed contract and not incur a salary-cap charge
- —December 21 - Last day for teams to sign players who are on rookie deals to extensions. Applies to Jarrett Allen. It’s also deadline for teams to extend rookie contracts on first round picks. Applies to Landry Shamet’s fourth year option. Also deadline for supermax contracts. Luwawu-Cabarrot receives $250,000 guarantee.
—December 22 - Opening night. Nets vs. Warriors. Part of a nationally televised double header to open the 2020-21 season. It’s been 561 days since KD was injured in the 2019 NBA Finals
—December 25 - Nets play the 5:00 p.m. game on Christmas Day vs. the Celtics at TD Garden.
—February 6 - Players signed in off-season can be traded. Applies to Jeff Green. Tyler Johnson cannot be traded in 2020-21 season without his permission since he was re-signed to non-Bird contract.
—February 24 - All non and partially guaranteed contracts become fully guaranteed. Applies to Luwawu-Cabarrot
—March 3 - Players re-signed via Early or Full Bird rights can be traded.
—March 4 - End of first half of regular season.
—March 5-to 10 - All-Star Break minus the All-Star Game. Game, originally scheduled for Indianapolis. The 2024 game will now be played in Indy.
—March 11 - Beginning of second half of regular season.
—March 13-to-15 - Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
—March TBA - Trade deadline still needs to be finalized
—May 16 - Regular season ends
—May 17-to-21 - Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds. The Nos. 7 and 8 seeds need to win win once to say in playoffs; Nos. 9 and 10 need to win twice to move up.
—May 22 - First-round playoffs begins
—June 7 - Conference semifinals
—June 22 - Conference Finals
—July 8-to-22 - NBA Finals
—July 23 - Parade in Brooklyn??