We’re going to keep doing this till the NBA gets it right!
This week is the next big step in the NBA’s return-to-play. Players have returned to their practice facilities, the transaction window will open, coronavirus tests are scheduled to begin ... and players must tell their teams whether they plan to opt out of the Orlando “bubble.”
On Saturday morning, both Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out the latest date changes and additional details, Shams for the transaction window and Woj on the Draft and free agency. Nothing is set for the opening of the WNBA training camp or season, both of which will take place in the Bradenton “bubble.” And the opening date for the NBA’s 2020-21 season is subject to negotiation between the league owners and players union.
All that said, we can finally hear the sound of bouncing balls.
—June 21 - All players report to teams’ practice facility.
—June 22 - Coronavirus testing begins.
—June 23-30 - To be precise, June 23 (12 pm ET) to June 30 (11:59 pm ET). Teams can conduct rest-of-season contracts, substitute players ($183,115 minimum for two years of service), convert two-way contracts, and waive players during the window. All players who had been on 10-day deals at the time of the suspension are now free agents.
—June 23-30- Players are expected to remain at home with their household members, only leaving for essential activities. All players AND staff will be tested regularly. Teams can have four players at practice facility at one time. NBA will allow up to 10 coaches in facilities starting Tuesday.
—June 24 - Both NBA and WNBA players must request to be “excused” by this date. A number of players have already expressed mixed feelings about the return-to-play, including Dwight Howard, Donovan Mitchell, Lou Williams and Avery Bradley.
—July 1-9 - Individual workouts mandatory for all players not excused. Group workouts are still prohibited for medical reasons and no more than eight players will be permitted in the team’s facility at any one time.
—July 7-11 - All 22 teams in the “bubble” travel by charter flight to Orlando (or by bus in case of Magic) in staggered sets. The Nets will stay at the Grand Floridian along with Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Magic. Upon arrival, players and team staff must stay isolated in their rooms until they return two negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart. Random anti-drug testing will resume but only for SPEDs and Diuretics. No testing will be done for recreational substances
—Early July - WNBA teams report to IMG training center in Bradenton, Florida, for training camp
—July 9-29 - Training camp at the “bubble” in Orlando opens. COVID-19 testing will continue with regular PCR testing, daily temperature checks, symptom surveys and pulse oximetry (finger clip device to measure oxygen levels) screening. Teams will play three scrimmage games against other NBA teams residing in their same resort.
—July 22 - Players are permitted to socialize with players and team staff from hotels other than the one in which they are residing. As before, players are not permitted to enter each other’s hotel rooms due to infection concerns.
—July 30-August 14 - NBA regular season games restart at ESPN Worldwide of Sports on Walt Disney World campus outside Orlando. Nets first game will be against the Clippers.
—Late July - WNBA begins its 22-game regular season in Bradenton.
—August 3 (or 10) - Deadline for NCAA players to withdraw from Draft.
—August 15-16 - Play-in Tournament (if necessary).
—August 17 - First round of playoffs opens.
—August 17 - NBA Draft early entry deadline. College and international players who had previously elected NOT to enter the 2020 NBA draft now have until August 17 to revisit those decisions and potentially enter now.
—August 25 - NBA Draft Lottery. Lottery odds will be based on March 11 records. If Nets fail to make the playoffs, they will retain their own pick, which is lottery-protected.
—Late August - A modified Draft Combine with medical testing, player interviews and, possibly, measurements.
—August 28 - Rev. Al Sharpton and George Floyd family will lead a march on Washington. Will NBA players want to attend?
—August 30 - Family/guests of players arrive at WDW.
—August 31-September 13 - Second round of playoffs opens
—September 15-28 - Conference Finals begin
—September 30-October 13 - NBA Finals begin
—October 6 - Early entry withdrawal date. a conflict with the NCAA.
—October 13 - Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
—October 15 - Nets must exercise team options for Garrett Temple and Theo Pinson.
—October 16 - NBA Draft. Assume it will be virtual.
—October 18 - Free agency opens. Joe Harris is the Nets big (restricted) free agent. Also, Nets need to make a decision on Wilson Chandler, an unrestricted free agent,
—October 19-23 - Signing moratorium
—October 24 - Teams can sign free agents
—November 10 - Training camp for 2020-21 season opens in team practice facilities (tentative)
—December 1 - the 202-21 season opens (tentative)