After 149 days, the NBA lockout is over.
The two sides reached an agreement early Saturday morning, with games tentatively set to start on Christmas day.
The deal still needs to be ratified by both sides, but much like the NFL collective bargaining agreement earlier this year, that is expected to be nothing more than a formality. However Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com reports that he has talked to players who feel they have caved, and will not vote to pass the deal.
But assuming that the deal is passed, basketball will officially be back, with training camps set to open at soon as December 9th. Free agency is set to begin on that day as well, with presumably is also when trades would begin.
"We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game and to be able to provide the kind of superb entertainment the NBA historically has provided," executive director Billy Hunter said to NBA.com
Multiple reports indicate that due to missed time, the season will be 66 games, with the opening day of the Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Dallas Mavericks.
No word yet on when the Philadelphia 76ers will open camp, or who their opening day opponent will be.
More details come as they emerge on what should be a wild day, but one that ultimately will be remembered for the return of NBA basketball.
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