The schedule is out and the Nets will be back on the court in 34 days! Then, over 14 days, they play eight “seeding games” at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to finish up the regular season. Currently sitting in the seventh seed, they hope to avoid dropping to eighth and a play-in tournament. Also, we’ve added some new dates for transactions, including one on Saturday. Still waiting on specific dates for the WNBA start-up in Bradenton.
Lots to digest.
—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 27 - Substitute two-way players can be signed (by teams playing in Orlando). Window opened at noon. From what Bobby Marks has tweeted, teams can waive a two-way and replace him with a “substitute,” a player who has spent four or fewer seasons in the NBA. Such “substitutes” will be come unrestricted free agents in October.
—June 28 - Last day to waive a player (5:00 p.m. ET)
—June 30 - Transaction window closes (11:59 p.m. ET). Last date to sign a contract or convert a two-way contract. the 2019-20 team payroll is frozen.
—July 1 - Rosters set for Orlando “Bubble.” Teams can sign a substitute player (for one who elects not to play in Orlando).
—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 fly out on July 7 to the Grand Floridian resort 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 Magic.
—July 31 - Nets play Magic at 2:30 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports. YES Network will televise. Nets shutdown ends after 122-day layoff.
—Late July - WNBA begins its 22-game regular season in Bradenton.
—August 2 - Nets play Wizards at 2 p.m. on YES
—August 3 - Deadline for NCAA players to withdraw from Draft.
—August 4 - Nets play Bucks at 1:30 p.m. on YES and NBA TV.
—August 5 - Nets play Celtics at 9 p.m. on YES and ESPN
—August 7 - Nets play Kings at 5 p.m. on YES.
—August 9 - Nets play Clippers at 9 p.m. on YES and NBA TV.
—August 11 - Nets play Magic for second time at 1 p.m. on YES.
—August 13 - Nets play Trail Blazers at TBD on YES.
—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 and currently held by the Timberwolves.
—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? They might but if they leave the bubble for any reasons, they can’t get back in. Might Kyrie Irving march?
—August 30 - Family/guests of players arrive at WDW.
—August 31-September 13 - Second round of playoffs opens
—September 15-28 - Conference Finals begin
—October 6 - Oct. 6: Last day to withdraw from the draft (international players)
—October 13 - Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
—October 16 - NBA Draft. Assume it will be virtual and not at Barclays Center where it’s been held since 2013.
—October 17 - Nets must submit qualifying offer Dzanan Musa (third year) or he will become a restricted free agent in 2021.
—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. Also, both Jarrett Allen (rookie contract) and Rodions Kurucs (veteran contract) eligible for extensions beginning in 2021-22.
—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)