Posted by Royce Young
With the lockout pretty much over, things are going to start moving quickly. Especially with training camps and free agency starting Dec. 9 and then the actual season coming only 16 days after that.
First things first: The NBA is relaxing lockout rules to allow players into their team's practice facilities starting Thursday, according to multiple reports.
But not just that: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms a Yahoo! Sports report that agents will be allowed to start discussions with teams about free agents as soon as Wednesday. However, again, players can't be signed until Dec. 9. That doesn't mean there can't be some handshake arrangements between teams and players before then though.
Coaches and GMs are extremely anxious to get players back in the gym not just to assess where they're at physically, but to start getting a little bit of a leg up before an abbreviated training camp.
Players will be re-forming their union this week and once that happens, the new collective bargaining agreement will be voted on. Once that passes and is ratified by the league's owners, the lockout will be officially lifted. All of that should happen by next week at the latest.
But the league, who was of course very strict during the lockout about player contact, even going as far to fine teams for talking about players to the media, will relax those rules because the lockout is essentially over.