After being stuck in suspended animation since July 1, the NBA is suddenly moving at an accelerated pace with the start of the regular season coming quickly with five games to be played on Christmas Day to open the campaign. “ESPN.com” has reported that the Association has granted permission for teams to commence talks with Free Agent players; although there can not be a verbal or written agreement in place before a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified. Expectations are that players and NBA Team Owners will ratify a new agreement on Thursday.
Although the Free Agent class lacks the drama that took place during the Summer of 2010 with players such as LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh on the market; there are some quality players who are available. Center Tyson Chandler who helped the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA Title last June has stated over the last few days that he most likely will be on the move. Former NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Jamal Crawford, is another player who should garner plenty of interest as he failed to reach terms with the Atlanta Hawks on a contract extension before the NBA Lockout.
If the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement is accepted by both sides on Thursday, then NBA training camps will open up on Friday throughout the Association. Training camp will be far from a leisurely affair this year with the regular season tipping off just a little over two weeks after the teams get back together.