Ya win some, you lose some. But with Kevin Durant on your side, you should always play the game. As the man said after Game 7: “The beauty of our profession is we get up and keep going...we get ready for next year.”
Now, the day after the disappointment, the Nets will begin to move forward and try for the best outcome next season. As we noted in our look ahead to the off-season, the Nets will have a lot of decisions to make.
So here’s a helpful calendar to post on your fridge...
—June 21 - Spencer Dinwiddie player option exercise date. He will opt out, per Woj.
—June 19-21 - G League Elite Camp. The top players from the camp earn invitations to the combine. Bret Brielmaier, the Long Island Nets head coach, is handling one of the four teams. Can’t get better scouting that.
—June 21 - 27 - NBA Draft Combine scheduled for Chicago. Around 100 players will be invited to participate in one of the two camps.
—June 22 - NBA Draft Lottery 8:30 pm. ET. For the first time since 2013, neither New York team will be represented on the dias at NBA TV Studios.
—June 22 - Conference Finals begin. Sadly, we won’t be there.
—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 news.
—July 6-18 - Olympic training camp in Las Vegas. Kevin Durant a member of Team USA.
—July 8-22 - NBA Finals with latest date for conclusion July 22.
—July 10 - Team USA vs. Nigeria exhibition game in Las Vegas. 8 p.m. ET
—July 12 - Team USA vs. Australia exhibition game in Las Vegas, 8 p.m. ET
—July 13 - Team USA vs. Argentina exhibition game in Las Vegas, 6 p.m. ET. Nets stash Juan Pablo Vaulet is on Argentine roster.
—July 15-August 11 - WNBA Olympic Break. Expect a number of Liberty players to play for their national teams but not Team USA.
—July 18 - Team USA vs. Spain exhibition game in Las Vegas, 9 p.m. ET
—July 19: Deadline for an early entry player to withdraw from the NBA Draft. 5 p.m. ET
—July 23-August 8 - Tokyo Olympics open with the Parade of Nations. Two Nets stashes, Isai Cordinier (France) and Juan Pablo Vaulet (Argentina) are alternates but are not expected to travel to Tokyo.
—July 25 - Team USA debuts vs. Les Blues, the French national team, in Tokyo. Kevin Durant vs. Timothe’ Luwawu-Cabarrot.
—July 29 - NBA Draft, 8 p.m. ET. Nets currently hold the 27th, 44th, 49th and 59th picks. That’s the most the Nets have had to work with since Sean Marks took the GM job in 2016. What’s the likelihood that the Nets will be at those spots on Draft Night? Highly unlikely with the Nets having continuing championship ambitions. It’s unlikely that the Nets would carry multiple rookies. Expect trades, maybe a stash or two.
Draft returns to Barclays Center, its home from 2013 through 2019 after being virtual as it was in 2020.
—July 31 - Qualifying offer deadlines for Reggie Perry and Bruce Brown Jr. Expect speculation about a Dinwiddie sign-and-trade to be underway.
-—August 2 - Teams can begin negotiating with free agents 6 p.m. ET.
—August 6 - NBA free agency. Teams can begin signing free agents at 12:01 p.m. ET. Lots of decisions. Bruce Brown, Jeff Green, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Chris Chiozza, Tyler Johnson, Blake Griffin and Mike James will al1 be free agents. Brown, Chiozza and James will be restricted.
The Nets can also open negotiations for four-year extensions for the “Big Three” of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden as well as Nic Claxton, all starting in 2022-23. The “Big Three” extensions could max out at $252.8 million (Harden); $234.5 million (Durant) and $217.0 million (Irving) while Claxton could get more than $50 million. They can also start talks with Landry Shamet on an extension beyond the end of his rookie deal which expires after next season. And the Nets will have the taxpayer MLE to work with. This year, it’ll likely be around $6 million a year.
—August 6 - Olympic Mens’ Basketball Gold Medal game in Tokyo.
—August 8-17 - NBA Summer League returns to the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. All 30 NBA teams playing five games apiece during the 10-day, 75-game event. After every team plays four games, the two teams with the best records from the first four games will meet in the Championship Game on August 17.
Who can we expect to don the black-and-white? Reggie Perry, Alize Johnson and Nic Claxton. While few players entering their third season play in SL, Jarrett Allen did when he was in his third year and with Claxton havinv missed a lot of time to injury and illness, he’ll there, too. Paul Eboua, the 6’8” power forward who was in Nets training camp last October and played for the Long Island Nets this season, is also a possibility, according to reports out of Italy. Isaia Cordinier has said he’s interested, too.
—September 4 - First $100,000 of Alize Johnson’s non-guaranteed deal is guaranteed.
—September 17 - New York Liberty regular season ends.
—September 27 - NBA Media Day for 2021-22 season.
—September 28 - Training camp opens
—October 3 - Preseason opens with Nets traveling to L.A. for afternoon game vs. Lakers.
—October 18 - Deadline for extensions to be signed. Applies to Landry Shamet. Another $200,000 of Alize Johnson’s contract is guaranteed.
—October 19 - Regular season starts. New hope begins.
—December 11 - Regular season starts for Long Island Nets, back at the Nassau Coliseum.
—January 5 - Alize Johnson contract for 2021-22 fully guaranteed.