No more Roman numerals or decimal numbers in this Nets timeline, just an update from various sources on the dates for the NBA’s schedule following last week’s Board of Governors 29-1 vote in favor of a return-to-play and the NBPA’s unanimous vote of team reps.
As the days have wore on, new details have emerged on dates for several key aspects of the plan as well as for roster adjustments.
All games will be played at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, specifically, The Arena, HP Field House and Visa Athletic Center. The games will be divided into a continuation of regular season —called “seeding games”— and the playoffs. Each playoff series will be best-of-seven including the Finals.
Here’s the calendar, starting Friday...
—June 12 - Up to two coaches/development personnel can work out a player at a team’s practice facility. Previously, only one-to-one workouts were permitted.
—June 15 - Players located internationally return to market. Rodions Kurucs, Dzanan Musa and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are the Nets three international players. Musa has remained in Brooklyn for the duration. If one or the other are overseas, they may be permitted to quarantine elsewhere rather than in Brooklyn because of Brooklyn’s high infection rate.
—June 20 - NBA camps re-open in team practice facilities
—June 21 - All players report to teams’ practice facility.
—June 22 - Coronavirus testing begins.
—June 22 - July 1 - Two-way contracts can be converted to standard deals and teams can add players with some restrictions.
—June 23 - For the first time, head coaches can supervise a player’s workout.
—July 7 - All 22 teams in the “bubble” travel to Orlando. All players will be required to observe a 36-hour quarantine.
—July 9-29 - Training camp at the “bubble” in Orlando. Three intersquad scrimmages permitted.
—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.
—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 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 teams 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 5 - NBA draft deadline for players to withdraw, a conflict with the NCAA
—October 13 - Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
—October 15 - NBA Draft. Team options for Garrett Temple and Theo Pinson.
—October 18 - Free agency opens. Joe Harris the Nets big free agent
—October 20 - Teams can begin signing free agents
—November 10 - Training camp for 2020-21 season opens in team practice facilities (tentative)
—December 1 - the 202-21 season opens (tentative)
This timeline will be updated with information on expansion of team rosters. One big casualty appears to be the NBA Summer League.
Here’s the NBA’s official statement on the resumption of play...
Those teams who aren’t invited to WDW —including the Knicks— they will have an eight-month layoff, from March 11, the date of the stoppage in play to November 10, when camps will open.
- What we know and don’t know about the NBA’s return to play - Tim Bontemps & Brian Windhorst - ESPN
- The Latest Timelines and Offseason Details the NBA Is Discussing for Its Return - Kevin O’Connor - The Ringer
- Kevin Durant’s possible return affecting Nets’ odds to win NBA title - Doug Kezirian - ESPN
- N.B.A. Sets July 31 Return to Play Entirely in Florida - Marc Stein - New York Times
- Everything you need to know about the 2019-20 NBA season restart - NBA.com
- NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan - Tim Reynolds - AP
- Goodbye NBA regular season, hello NBA ‘seeding games’ - Dan Feldman - NBC Sports
- How the NBA’s return-to-play format impacts the Nets - Alex Schiffer - The Athletic New York
- The Athletic’s NBA Power Rankings: The NBA season is back! Sort of… - Kevin Harper - The Athletic NBA
- The NBA is coming back - Marc Berman - New York Post
- Knicks, Nets will find out their NBA Draft Lottery fates on August 25 - Marc Berman - New York Post
- Nets’ playoff spot suddenly at risk with NBA’s restart plan - Marc Berman - New York Post
- NBA approves Orlando return-to-play plan - Steve Popper - Newsday
- Could Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving play for Nets when season resumes? - Greg Logan - Newsday
- If Kevin Durant returns, what are Nets odds to win the NBA Finals? - SNY
- Which Team Can Snag the Eighth Seed Before the 2020 NBA Playoffs? - Michael Shapiro - Sports Illustrated