The Nets are playing. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving included. So tracking the business of basketball operations isn’t as important as the games, but it can help give you some idea of what’s coming up, what the options are. If you’re into trade scenarios, for example, think February 6 for anything complicated. Before that date, players who signed in the off-season can’t be dealt. That amounts to about a significant number of the league’s players. Turnover is high.
The G League dates remain somewhat tentative, but should be firmed up soon, per Shams Charania. No word yet on WNBA Draft. The Liberty have the overall No. 1 selection.
So here ya go...
—January 11 - G League Draft. ESPN reports the 17 NBA teams that have decided to participate (and pay a $500,000 fee) will be able to draft players whose rights are owned by the 10 NBA who decided to opt out.
—January 13 - At-home quarantine begins for all G League players and staff.
—January 15 - First day two-way players can be traded. This applies to Chris Chiozza.
—January 19 - G League players and staff arrive in home markets, in the Nets case likely Brooklyn, for quarantine and medical testing. (No basketball activity).
—January 26 - G League teams head to league “single site,” aka “bubble.” Although there were rumors that the league will set up shop in College Park, Georgia, Disney World now looks very likely reports Shams Charania Tuesday.
—January 29 - G League training camp begins at “bubble.” ESPN reports NBA teams will be able to designate one “NBA Vet selection” —any player with five or more years experience— for assignment to their affiliate. This will allow NBA teams to directly recruit veteran players to their G League affiliates. Each team will have 10 roster spots.
—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. The unofficial beginning of the trade season.
—February 8 - G League games begin at “bubble.” A total of 18 teams —17 NBA team affiliates and Team Ignite, the G League Select Team— will participate. No details yet on how many games but Charania reports teams will play 12-to-15 regular season games each.
—February 23 - 10-Day contracts may now be signed.
—February 27 - 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 5-to-9 - G League playoffs underway in “bubble.”
—March 11 - Beginning of second half of regular season.
—March 13-to-15 - Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.
—March 25 - NBA trade deadline. Usually set for 3 p.m. ET.
—April 9 - NBA playoff eligibility deadline, aka the end of buyout season. Players waived before April 9 can still qualify for playoff rosters. After this date, no such luck.
—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 begin.
—June 7 - Conference semifinals begin.
—June 22 - Conference Finals begin.
—July 8-to-22 - NBA Finals with latest date for conclusion July 22.
—July 23 - Parade in Brooklyn??