The Nets currently sit in the seventh spot in the East and have been injury-racked. Not only has Kevin Durant been out for the whole season, rehabbing from Achilles surgery but Kyrie Irving has missed 28 games and is likely to miss several more while Caris LeVert has missed 25 and still doesn’t seem right.
Now, with the trade deadline looming and the March 1 buyout deadline not that far away, the Nets will have to decide how much they want to do to make immediate improvements. Their history shows they like to do salary dumps at the deadline and bigger deals during the off-season. We shall see.
February 3 - Last day that Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot can play on a 10-day deal. Nets signed him to a 10-day deal on January 16. It was renewed for another 10 days on January 27. Will Nets let his 10-day expire so they can have an open roster spot —- one of only a few in the league? Or will they sign him to a standard NBA contract?
February 6 - NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET) The Nets have made deadline trades the last three years. In each case, Sean Marks helped another team with a salary dump, winding up with a first rounder and two seconds for his troubles. The general belief is that it’s unlikely Marks will make a big move. Instead, they’ll wait to see how Kevin Durant is doing and save any big deals till the summer.
One other note: the Nets have the David Nwaba disabled player exception they can use to sign a player through the end of the year or take on an expiring vets minimum deal in a trade.
February 11 - Rodions Kurucs is back in Brooklyn Criminal Court on domestic assault charges. Unless the charges are dismissed, a trial date will likely be set at the hearing.
February 14-16 - NBA All-Star 2020 (Chicago, IL) Joe Harris who has been asked back to defend his 3-point shooting title, might be the only Net in the Windy City and he’s not sure he’ll go. Instead, he may just rest and relax.
February 20 - Nets return to action after All-Star Break, giving them eight days between games.
February 27 - NBA G League Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
March 1 - NBA Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline. The buyout deadline. Players who are not on an NBA roster by day’s end are eligible to sign with a team and play in post-season. There are a number of veteran players who are likely to be waived and bought out if they don’t get traded at the deadline, starting with Andre Igoudala. Will Nets keep their open roster spot through March 1? Will they use it to sign anyone for a playoff run?
March 28 - G League regular season ends.
March 31 - Earliest possible start date for G League Playoffs. Long Island is unlikely to defend their Eastern Conference title.
April 12 - WNBA Draft. Joe Tsai’s New York Liberty has the overall No. 1 pick and is widely expected to take Sabrina Ionescu, the Oregon guard who is triple-double threat each time she steps on the court. Expect the Liberty to use her to market their return to the city ... and Barclays Center.
April 15 - NBA Regular Season ends. Playoff seedings set.
April 17 - Rosters set for NBA Playoffs 2020 (3 p.m. ET)
April 18 - NBA Playoffs 2020 begin.
May 17 - Home opener for the New York Liberty at Barclays Center vs. the L.A. Sparks. the Liberty return to New York City after two years in White Plains at the 90-year-old Westchester County Center. Expect a big marketing campaign after the WNBA Draft if not before.
May 19 - NBA Draft Lottery 2020 (Chicago). The Nets 2020 first rounder was sent to Atlanta in the Allen Crabbe salary dump but it’s lottery protected. That means that if the Nets don’t make the playoffs, this will be the consolation prize. The Nets also have the 76ers’ lottery-protected first rounder. This year’s draft is generally seen as mediocre.
June 25 - NBA Draft 2020 (Barclays Center). The Nets currently have the 20th and 56th picks.
July 1-6 — Free agency Moratorium Period (ends at noon ET on July 6), Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant reportedly have some names.