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Agents can call teams Wednesday, team facilities open Thursday

Nov 29, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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The NBA is getting back to business.

On Wednesday agents of NBA players can contact teams (something that has been going on through back channels anyway but now can happen directly). No deals can be official until Dec. 9.

On Thursday, NBA players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts, so tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was first with this news). Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com also confirmed this.

For the players on teams already it means a chance to workout and play pick-up games with their teammates. It is not chance for coaches to work with players — team officials cannot coach or have anything but incidental contact with players. Although, you can bet this is skirted a bit, especially key for teams where there is a new coach or considerable player turnover. It’s a chance to install some system items before training camps officially open.

But the real action will begin with the agents. While technically teams are not supposed to enter into verbal agreements with players, you can be sure lot of handshake deals will be in place and just formalized on Dec. 9. That allows free agents to be with teams at the start of training camp. There will start to be a flurry of activity, and you will also see agents of lesser-known players working to get their guys camp invites.

  1. adiddie - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Timber pups should give tyson chandler’s agent a jing. Were comin, were comin

  2. liltmac2003 - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    This is the ONLY good part of the lockout. Same thing happened w/ the NFL except they were smart enough to cancel a grand total of 1 preseason game.

    We’re going to get about 4-5 months of off-season moves/trades/signings all condensed into a 15-day time period.

    News galore for the win.

  3. florida727 - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Wonder if there’s any correlation between fan interest in this NBA season and the fact that mine is now the third post on a story that’s been listed for close to 12 hours, including a direct link to it from the NBCSports.com home page? Truthfully, although I believe it’ll change once games are actually being played, right now there appears to be very little interest in the NBA.

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