It’s getting bunched up now. Will the Nets make the playoffs? Who will they draft, particularly if they have two picks? What deals is Sean Marks cooking up? And how many Nets will play in the Tokyo Olympics if the Tokyo Olympics get played.
Etc., etc. Here’s a timeline to help you through it.
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 another team and play in post-season. The Nets do not have an open roster spot.
March 28 - G League regular season ends.
March 30 - Next pre-trial court appearance for Rodions Kurucs. Will we learn more about a trial date?
March 31 - Earliest possible start date for G League Playoffs. Long Island would like to defend its Eastern Conference title but making the playoffs will be tough.
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 every 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. Will Nets make it?
April 16 - 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. This will be the seventh straight year the Nets will not have their own first in the Draft. Brooklyn (currently) hold their own first and second round picks in the 2021 Draft.
June 29 - Team options due on Garrett Temple and Theo Pinson. Temple’s is for $5.0 million; Pinson’s $1.7 million.
June 30 - Nets five-year-long string of stretch payments to Deron Williams ends. Williams gets paid twice a month until then. Total buyout package was $28 million stretched over five years, or $5.5 million a year, or $100,000 a week.
June 30 (6 p.m.) - NBA teams can approach players in the 2020 free agent pool. As we learned last summer, the big names come off the board very, very fast. Big trades happen too. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have some ideas about “pieces.”
July 1 - Contract extensions for Caris LeVert (three-year, $52.5 million) and Taurean Prince (two-year, $29 million) kick in.
July 4 - Team USA trials start in Las Vegas. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris were named to the Olympic team’s 44 “finalists.” Durant’s manager says Olympics are a “definite possibility” for the two-time gold medal winner. Harris, who for played for Team USA in the World Cup last spring has said it would be honor. Nothing to report from Irving, but he did allow his name to be included on the list. Two Nets stashes may also be in Tokyo — Juan Vaulet (Argentina) and Isaia Cordinier (France).
July 6 — Free agency Moratorium Period (ends at noon ET on July 6),
July 24 - August 9 - 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, assuming the corona virus doesn’t cause it to be canceled.
August 1 — Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s non-guaranteed vets minimum contract becomes partially guaranteed (at $150,000) for 2020-21. Timing of the guarantee permits Nets to waive TLC if they need extra cap space during free agency.