On Monday, the NBA announced the dates —but not the locations— of its big draft events: the Lottery, the Combine and that Draft itself. They’re away off, and there’s so much still to go. So we thought it’s a good time to update the Nets (and Liberty) calendars.
Here ya go...
—April 9 - NBA playoff eligibility deadline, aka the end of buyout season. Players waived on or before April 9 can still qualify for playoff rosters. After this date, no such luck. Expect Nets to at least take long looks at those let go.
—April 15 - WNBA Draft. Liberty currently hold overall picks Nos. 6, 25 and 29.
—April 19 - Dinwiddie DPE expires. How could it be used if not used at the deadline? A DPE can also be used to claim players off waivers. Those players wouldn’t be able to play in post-season, but who knows, maybe there’s a young prospect out there.
—May 13-15 - Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and former Net Kevin Garnett.
—May 16 - Regular season ends with Jarrett Allen’s return to Brooklyn.
—May 17-to-21 - Play-in tournament for 7-to-10 seeds. The Nos. 7 and 8 seeds need to win win once to stay in playoffs; Nos. 9 and 10 need to win twice to move up. Important in that with Nets high up in the East, their first round opponent will likely emerge from this tournament.
—May 22 - First-round playoffs begin.
—June 7 - Conference semifinals begin.
—June 21 - 27 - Draft Combine scheduled. Again no location set.
—June 22 - NBA Draft Lottery 8:30 pm.
—June 22 - Conference Finals begin.
—June 22 - Publication date for Matt Sullivan’s book, “Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow.” Expect excerpts, expect news.
—July 8-22 - NBA Finals with latest date for conclusion July 22.
—July 23-August 8 - Tokyo Olympics open. Nets have SEVEN players in the Team USA pool including the Big Three, the two buyouts, Joe Harris and DeAndre Jordan. Spencer Dinwiddie has committed to Team Nigeria. But they and other NBA players may be otherwise occupied.
—July 29 - NBA Draft, 8 p.m. Nets currently hold the 27th, 41st, 46th and 58th picks. Will it return to Barclays Center, its home from 2013 through 2019 or continue to be virtual as it was in 2020?
—July 31 - Deadline for Dinwiddie player option.
—August 4 - End of 2020-21 season, beginning of 2021-22
—August TBA - NBA free agency. Lots of decisions. Bruce Brown, Jeff Green, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Tyler Johnson, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge will al1 be free agents. The Nets and Nic Claxton can also open negotiations on an extension beyond the end of his three-year rookie deal that ends in 2021-22.