It’s going to be a busy summer.
Not only do the Nets have three picks in the NBA Draft (at Nos. 21, 22 and 51) and a hectic first two weeks of July with NBA free agency and the Summer League but three, maybe four players from last year’s roster — Mikal Bridges, Patty Mills, Yuta Watanabe and possibly Ben Simmons — will be playing for three national teams during August and September in the FIBA World Cup across Asia, quite possibly a record for the franchise.
There will be national team training camps, “friendly” — exhibition — games and then the grueling World Cup schedule played out in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, ending just a few weeks before NBA training camps open.
Here’s what we know so far... and of course, things could change with the World Cup representation as players come and go during the Draft and free agency.
—June 18- NBA Finals 2023 Game 7 (if necessary). No parades this time.
—June 22 - NBA Draft. Nets currently have the 21st (the Suns,) 22nd (their own) and 51st (their own) picks. The 21st pick gets a guaranteed $3.0 million starting salary, the 22nd $2.9 million. All second round picks are free to negotiate their deals.
—June 29 - Qualifying offer deadline for David Duke Jr. and Dru Smith.
—June 29 - Free agency begins with teams permitted to talk with free agents. Seth Curry, Yuta Watanabe and Cameron Johnson become free agents, the first two unrestricted, Johnson is restricted, meaning the Nets can match any offers he may receive. He reportedly turned down a four-year, $72 million extension from the Suns last summer.
—June 30 - Nets must submit qualifying offer to Cam Johnson, paperwork to maintain their rights.
—July 1 - New CBA goes into effect. Teams and capologists are still looking at the full range of implications.
—July 5 - NBA teams can officially sign free agents and a number of trades engineered become official. Nets must decide on 2023-24 team option for Edmond Sumner at vets minimum. Woj says with new CBA, expect a lot of movement.
—July 7 - NBA owners must pay luxury tax to the league. Before the trade deadline, the Nets tax bill looked like it would be $108.2 million. After the moves leading up the deadline then just before the regular season ended, it’s now roughly $10 million. If the Nets stay above the tax threshold, they will be in the dreaded repeater tax next season. One saving grace: the luxury tax threshold will jump this season. Before signing Cam Johnson, Nets are $10 million below the tax threshold and $15 million below the dreaded second apron. That will change.
—July 7- 17 - NBA Summer League. Too early to think about the Nets roster, but it’s a good bet that whoever the Nets draft will be in Las Vegas. Others likely to play include RaiQuan Gray who is already signed to a two-way deal next summer and whoever they sign with the remaining two two-way spots will also likely play.
—July 10 - Deadline for Nets to decide on Royce O’Neale team option. O’Neale is guaranteed $2.5 million out of a possible $9.5 million.
—Early August - NBA releases 2023-24 schedule.
—August 1 - Australian national team opens training camp in Cairns, Queensland, starting their pursuit of FIBA World Cup. Patty Mills will captain the Boomers once again after leading them to the bronze in Tokyo. Will Ben Simmons be on hand? He says he wants to play and Boomer coach Brian Goorjian told Aussie media “We made a spot for him.”
—August 3 - Team USA opens its camp in Colorado Springs. The full roster hasn’t been revealed yet so we don’t know if any Nets other than Mikal Bridges will be on hand. USA Basketball also fields a practice squad of young NBA players.
—August 7 - Spencer Dinwiddie eligible for an extension of up to four years and $128 million. That’s quite unlikely.
—August 7 - Team USA goes up against the Puerto Rican national team in Las Vegas, the first “friendly” of the World Cup cycle.
—August 11-13 - Team USA plays Spain and Slovenia in the Spanish Basketball Federation’s 100th anniversary tournament in Malaga, Spain. Lots of NBA players on all three squads.
—August 11-18 - The Four Nations Tournament in Melbourne, Australia, will feature Australia, New Zealand, South Sudan, and Brazil. Patty Mills will — and Ben Simmons may — play for Australia whose lead assistant is the Nets Adam Caporn.
—August 18-20 - USA Basketball Showcase Abu Dhabi, UAE. The U.S., Greece and Germany will face off in the Persian Gulf country as Bridges et al make their way from the U.S. to their first World Cup game in Manila.
—August 25 - September 10 - FIBA World Cup opens in Southeast Asia. Australia plays Finland and Japan plays Germany in Okinawa, Japan, the first night (morning East Coast time) while Team USA plays its first game vs. New Zealand the next day. Also, Nets stash Nikola Milutinov will back up Nikola Jokic for Serbia, opening up against former Nets assistant Royal Ivey’s South Sudan in Manila that same night.
—September 1 - Original date Sean Marks set for Ben Simmons to be ready to go. “The timeline for this is that he’ll be back 100% probably by September 1,” said Marks on April 23. “That would be the goal and he’s a full-go in training camp and ready to go.”
—September 4 - Labor Day. Players begin arriving at HSS Training Center for workouts but the World Cup players will still be in Asia ... unless eliminated.
—September 10 - FIBA World Cup champion is crowned in Manila. Any team making the Final Four in Manila — and both the U.S. and Australia seem good bets — will have played nine games in a little more than two weeks, not counting the “friendlies.”
—September 28 - The NBA hasn’t officially set the start of training camp and Media Day, but this is a good guess.