Twelve games to play in this most disappointing season. Barely above .500, the Nets are a safe bet for the qualifying tournament after a long string of injuries, illnesses and vaccine hesitation. Not to mention the profession of an unhappy superstar. Now the clock is ticking. The people of Brooklyn must bring it in or liquidate one of the most disappointing teams in recent NBA history. Yeah, them and them Lakers.
—End of March – Traditional time for the G League MVP announcement. Craig Randall II of the Long Island Nets has to be one of the top contenders. He is averaging 26.9 points per game, second in the league and first for both minutes played and 3 points.
-April 2 – End of the NBA G League regular season.
—April 2 – The last game of the regular season for which Kyrie Irving is eligible – against the Hawks in Atlanta. It’s the only one of the last eight games he’s eligible for.
—April 5 – The NBA G League playoffs begin. Long Island Nets currently in fifth place in the East and in the playoffs. Six teams qualify in each conference. It would take a major meltdown for the Long Islanders to miss the playoffs.
—April 7 – Opening Day, Major League Baseball. Why is it here? Because a number of Yankees and Dishes the stars aren’t vaccinated and unless they get vaccinated – or the city ends the private employer’s tenure, they won’t play. The mayor said he would like things to work out. It’s the last best hope for Kyrie Irving to return to the New York court (unless Eric Adams decides to end the private employer-only tenure for outdoor workers.)
—April 10 – The regular season ends against. Pacers at the Barclays Center. Luxury tax bill based on payroll at end of regular season.
—April 11 – Fixed lists for NBA Playoffs 2022 (3:00 p.m. ET). Kessler Edwards will need to be elevated from a two-way contract to a standard NBA contract if the Nets want to play him in the playoffs. Consider this unlikely.
—April 12-15 – NBA Play-In Tournament for teams finishing seventh through tenth seeds. The Nets currently sit in eighth place, four games out of sixth — the last guaranteed playoff spot — and just one game ahead of ninth.
—April 16 – First round of NBA The playoffs begin.
—April 17 – WNBA opening of training camps. Liberty will have a new coach in Sandy Brondello to push what is likely to be a top-flight roster.
—April 22 – The WNBA pre-season begins.
—May 2-3 – NBA Conference Semi-Finals start (possible move to April 30/May 1)
—May 7 – New York Liberty opens the 2022 schedule against Connecticut Sun at Barclays Center. Game time is 6:00 p.m.
—May 16-22 – NBA Draft Combine (Chicago). The top 60 draft contenders are invited to show off their skills and metrics.
—May 17 – NBA Draft 2022 Lottery. If the Nets complete the playoffs, their pick, traded to Houston in James Harden’s original trade, becomes a lottery pick.
—May 17-18 – Start of the conference finals (possible move until May 15-16)
—May 31st – 20th anniversary of the New Jersey Nets’ first Eastern Conference title…and NBA Finals. Glory day.
—June 2 – NBA Finals to start. Just wishing and hoping and thinking and praying and planning and dreaming.
—June 19 – NBA Finals Game 7 (if needed)
—June 23 – NBA Draft. The Nets currently have Philly’s prime, now No. 25, but he’s dropped as 76ers to earn. Sometime before the draft, the Nets will have the option to advance the pick to 2023. No word yet on that deadline. Whether used in 2022 or 2023, the pick will not be protected. The Nets currently have no second rounds, nor cash considerations to buy a pick. They used up everything the league allows teams to use in trades — $5.8 million — in DeAndre Jordan’s salary waiver.
—June 29 – Player option deadline for Patty Mills and Kyrie Irving as well as qualifying offer deadline for Kessler Edwards, David Duke Jr. and Nicolas Claxton. The QOs allow the Nets to make them restricted free agents. Irving can opt for a one-year, $39.3 million contract and postpone negotiations on a longer, one-year deal. Mills may well retire. He has proven himself to be worth more than the $6.2 million salary he would receive unless he steps down. He can re-sign with Brooklyn, of course.
—July, 1st – Start of free agency 2022-23. Nets free agents include Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Nic Claxton, Bruce Brown, James Johnson, David Duke Jr. and Kessler Edwards. Claxton, Duke and Edwards will likely be restricted free agents (see above), meaning the Nets can match any offer. Seth Curry can be extended beyond next season when he earns $8.5 million.
—July the 5th – Day one free agents can sign or re-sign.
—July 7 – Traditional date on which NBA teams must pay the luxury tax. Nets’ current tax bill is $95.5 million. In August, it was $130 million. In February, before Harden’s trade, it was $110.4 million.
—July 10 – WNBA All-Star Game
—August 7 – The Nets’ $3.6 million traded player exception generated by Spencer Dinwiddie’s trade expires, one year after Dinwiddie’s trade to Washington. The TPE was originally $11.45 million, but Nets used $8.1 million.
—August 19 –The Nets’ $6.27 million traded player exception generated by the DeAndre Jordan trade expires, one year after Jordan’s trade to Detroit.
—October 6 – The traded player exception of $1.3 million generated by the Sekou Doumbouya trade expires, one year after the Doumbouya trade with Indiana.
—October 31 — Team options on Cam Thomas and Day’Ron Sharpe. The easiest decision of the year.
—February 10 – The Nets’ new $11.3 million traded player exception generated by James Harden’s trade expires.
—February 10 –The Nets’ $1.7 million traded player exception generated by Paul Millsap’s trade expires.