Can things get any more weird for the Nets? Well, duh! How weird are they already with a total of eight players already testing positive for the coronavirus and another opting out of the “bubble” to avoid it! The Nets look like they will field a team of veterans, G Leaguers and a couple of stars in Caris LeVert and Joe Harris. We shall see.
—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 - Nets play their first scrimmage against the Pelicans at 7 p.m. No word yet on whether it — or any of the scrimmages will be televised on YES. The Yankees have no game on July 22 when the Nets scrimmage.
—July 22 - Players are permitted to socialize with players and team staff from hotels other than the one where they’re staying. As before, players are not permitted to enter each other’s hotel rooms due to infection concerns.
—July 25 - Nets scrimmage Spurs at 4:30 p.m. The Nets scrimmage and Yankee play, but, they don’t overlap.
—July 27 - Nets final scrimmage vs. Jazz at 5:30 p.m. The scrimmage and Yankee game do conflict.
—July 25 - WNBA opens its truncated schedule in Bradentown at the “wubble.” New York Liberty with Sabrina Ionescu, the overall No. 1 pick, vs. the Seattle Storm, with Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart. Game starts at 12 noon and will be carried on ESPN.
—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 20 - 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.
—Late August - A possible Draft Combine may take place 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 - 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. The Nets hold the 76ers first rounder and the Clippers second, roughly Nos. 20 and 55. If they fail to make the playoffs, they will retain their own first. Otherwise, it will go to Minnesota.
—October 17 - Nets must submit qualifying offer to 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. All four substitute players will be unrestricted free agents, as will Tyler Johnson.
—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)