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Deadlines and Commitments: Woe is us edition

When you’re 2-7 over the last nine and your two wins are over the worst professional sports team in history, things are subject to change.

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While the Nets are headed out on a road trip to the southwest, the basketball operations staff will be at the HSS Training Center in Sunset Park doing what they do this time of year: preparing for a lot of personnel decisions. The Nets will have to decide on who to keep, who to pursue over the next five weeks, with 10-day deals, contracts guarantees and the trade deadline.

What should we expect? We don’t know and no one is telling us, but our bet is that there won’t be a lot of movement. The Nets want to stay under the luxury tax threshold both this year and next to avoid the dreaded repeater tax in 2025 as well as new CBA restrictions. That’s expected to be the next big free agent year when they hope to be players.

The Nets will also welcome back Kevin Durant (January 31) and Kyrie Irving (February 6) in the coming weeks AND NetsDaily will celebrate our 20th anniversary also on February 6! Hopefully, there will be more to celebrate then.

January 5, 2024 - 10-day contracts may now be signed as long as there is a roster opening which at this point, there is not.

January 7 - (5:00 p.m. ET) All non- and partially guaranteed contracts become fully guaranteed. If either Trendon Watford and Harry Giles III aren’t waived by January 7, they become fully guaranteed. Similarly with the Nets three two-way players: Jalen Wilson, Armoni Brooks and Keon Johnson. Wilson and Brooks have small guarantees. Johnson is non-guaranteed.

January 8 - Nets depart Newark for Paris.

January 11 - NBA Paris Game. Nets vs. Cavaliers at Accor Arena in the City of Lights. Coverage on YES and NBA TV. Game starts at 2:00 p.m. ET. It’s the Nets only game in a week as schedulers take into account the attendant jet lag. It’s also the reason so many games have been squeezed into the last couple of weeks. Nets will depart France the next day, then have two days off before practice on January 14 and return to play the next day at Barclays vs. Miami.

—January 15 - Trade restrictions lift for players who re-signed w/ Bird or Early Bird rights and got more than 20% raise in salary. Doesn’t apply to any current Nets player.

January 21 - WNBA free agency opens. Teams can open negotiations with free agents.

January 23 - Nets host the Knicks at Barclays Center, part of NBA Rivals Week

January 25 - Australia Day, Australia’s national day. Might as well be company holiday for Nets. So many Aussies, starting with Ben Simmons and including the new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dave Regan, and the Nets long-time sports science director Dan Meehan and sports medicine director Les Gelis as well as player development director and assistant coach Adam Caporn.

January 31 - Kevin Durant returns to Barclays Center with the Suns in a game scheduled for ESPN.

February 1 - WNBA teams can sign free agents.

February 5 - Steph Curry and the Warriors come to Barclays Center.

February 5 - Nets $4.5 million trade exception from Kyrie Irving trade expires.

February 6 - 20th anniversary of NetsDaily. Hooray for us. Also, Kyrie Irving — remember him? — returns to Barclays Center in a game scheduled for TNT.

February 8 - NBA Trade Deadline (3:00 p.m. ET). Although some trades take place between now and then, the presence of a deadline invigorates GMs. Nets $18.1 million trade exception from the Kevin Durant trade expires.

February 10 - Victor Wembanyama and Spurs make their debut at Barclays Center.

—February 16-18 - NBA All-Star Weekend 2024 in Indianapolis. Will the Nets be represented? Does not look good. Finalists for Naismith Hall of Fame will be announced, including Vince Carter.

—February 16-21 - NBA All-Star break.

March 1 - Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline, aka the Buyout Deadline.

March 22-24 - Barclays Center hosts first round, NCAA Tournament

March 23 - The city rivalry switches to MSG for the first of two late season games. The second will take place April 12, the next to last game of the season.

March 30 - G League Regular Season ends

March 31 - LeBron James and Lakers come to Brooklyn for their lone appearance in 2023-24.

April 2 - G League Playoffs begin

April 14 - Last game of the season vs. the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Each team’s payroll becomes official. A number of financial deadlines are timed to the final game’s roster, things like what each team over the threshold will play in luxury tax, repeater tax etc. Nets are roughly $8 million under threshold and it’s highly unlikely the Nets will go over. If they did, their financial decisions would be influenced by the dreaded repeater tax not just in 2023-24, but also the two seasons after that.

April 15 - NBA Rosters set for NBA Playoffs 2024 (3 p.m. ET)

April 15 - WNBA Draft. New York Liberty currently have the 11th pick.

April 16-19 - NBA Play-In Tournament. Will Nets make it. As of now, they are in ninth place in the East. So they’d get in.

April TBA - WNBA Draft. Liberty have the No. 11 and No. 41 picks.

April 20 - NBA Playoffs 2024 begin

May 14 - New York Liberty opens 2024 season vs. Washington Mystics in D.C., 7:00 p.m. ET

May 18 - New York Liberty home opener vs Indiana Fever at Barclays Center, 1:00 p.m. ET

June 27- NBA Draft 2024. Nets have no picks at this point in either the first or second round. Houston controls both.