The Nets off-season is done (or almost done or not done at all ... who knows?) So now, it’s time for vacations and time off for the weary in the front office, a brief respite before Media Day and Training Camp begins.
Still there are important dates and decisions left. So here’s your latest calendar... including dates for some key games.
—September 11 - Deadline for teams to waive and stretch players. Unlikely to apply to the Nets, but it will apply to DeAndre Jordan, now of the Pistons. He’s expected to be bought out, waived and released, then signed to a vets’ minimum deal with the Lakers.
—September 13 - New York City COVID-19 regulations take effect. All employees and guests at Barclays Center and other venues must show proof of at least one vaccination. Masks will be required at games. All Nets players must be vaccinated to practice at HSS Training Center or play at Barclays Center. Visiting players (other than the Knicks?) are exempt from the vaccination requirements in the city. Regulations also apply to Liberty players.
—September 17 - New York Liberty regular season ends. Libs now in 9th seed. Only eight teams make the playoffs.
—September 23 - WNBA Playoffs begin.
—September 25 - Long Island Nets first open tryout at LIU Brooklyn, first of two tryouts. Details here. Vaccinations will be required at tryouts as well.
—September 26 - Long Island Nets second open tryout at LIU Post, Brookville, N.Y. Four players went from open tryouts to the Long Island roster.
—September 27 - NBA Media Day for 2021-22 season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Currently it’s an in-person event. Nets leave for California after Media Day ends.
—September 28 - Training camp opens in San Diego. Nothing official yet, but looks like Nets will train at RIMAC arena on UC San Diego campus, jogging distance from Joe and Clara Wu Tsai’s home in La Jolla.
—October 3 - Preseason opens with Nets traveling from San Diego to Los Angeles for 3:30 p.m. ET game vs. Lakers ... and a reunion with DeAndre Jordan. YES Network will have preseason coverage as it begins its 20th season broadcasting Nets Basketball.
—October 8 - Preseason home opener. Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET
—October 11 - Preseason game vs. 76ers in Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. ET
—October 14 - Last preseason game vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center, 7:30 p.m. ET
—October 18 - Deadline for rookie contract extensions to be signed. Applies to Sekou Doumbouya.
—October 19: Last Possible WNBA Finals Date
—October 19 - Regular season starts with Nets in Milwaukee for nationally televised rematch of Game 7 of NBA quarter-finals. New hope begins.
—October 24 - Regular season home opener at Barclays Center vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:30 p.m. ET
—October 25 - First “revenge” game of the season when the Wizards — and Spencer Dinwiddie — travel to Brooklyn for a 7:30 p.m. ET game.
—October 29 - “Swagger,” a new series inspired by Kevin Durant’s life, is set to globally debut on AppleTV+. The series will be comprised of 10 episodes, with the first three episodes debuting on October 29.
—November 6 - Long Island Nets open 2020-21 season vs. Delaware Blue Coats in Delaware.
—November 10 - Long Island opens at home — Nassau Coliseum — vs. Capital City Go-Go
—November 16 - Nets host Golden State, 7:30 p.m. ET
—November 30 - Nets and Knicks square off for the first time at Barclays, 7:30 p.m. ET
—December 6 - New York State is expected to award operating licenses for sports betting. Nets have aligned themselves with Fanatics Sports Book and others in one of the bids.
—December 8 - James Harden returns to Houston for the first time with a full house of fans in the stands. 8 p.m. ET
—December 11 - Regular season opener for Long Island Nets, back at the Nassau Coliseum.
—December 15 - DeAndre’ Bembry contract guaranteed up to $1.25 million. He previously received a guarantee of $750,000 on signing in early August.
—December 15 - First day free agent contracts signed in August can be traded.
—December 25 - Nets and Lakers square off in the marquee game of Christmas Day in L.A., 8:00 p.m. ET.
—January 7 - Nets host the Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Bucks for the first time at Barclays Center. 7:30 p.m. ET
—January 10 - DeAndre’ Bembry contract fully guaranteed as are all non-guaranteed and partially guaranteed deal.
—January 25 - Nets host Lakers at Barclays. 7:30 p.m. ET — exactly one month after the two squads go head-to-head on Christmas Day.
—January 29 - Kevin Durant returns to Golden State for the first time with fans in the stands. Warriors have promised to retire his jersey. 8:30 p.m. ET
—February 8 - Ime Udoka, former Nets assistant, brings his Boston Celtics to Barclays Center for first time. 7:30 p.m. ET
—February 13 - Super Bowl ... Target date for opening of New York sports books.
—February 18-20 - NBA All-Star 2022 (Cleveland, OH)
—February 22 - NBA trade deadline, 3:00 p.m. ET
—April 10 - Regular season concludes
—April 12-15 - NBA Play-In Tournament
—April 16 - NBA Playoffs begin
—June 2 - NBA Finals begin
—June 19 - Game 7 of NBA Finals (if necessary)
—June 23 - NBA Draft