NBA Lockout: Tentative Deal In Place; Training Camp, Free Agency Would Start On Dec. 9

There are indeed such things as Christmas miracles. The NBA and the players have agreed to a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. The deal came in the early hours of Saturday morning and was a handshake deal.

The agreement, should it be finalized, will allow for a 66-game season that begins on Christmas Day. Training camps and free agency would begin on Dec. 9. However, just like the NFL, the players must reconstitute the union and then give formal majority approval of the deal. The owners needs 15 of 29 teams to approve the deal since the New Orleans Hornets are run by the league.

No word on many of the details that the sides agreed upon, but we do know the Denver Nuggets have plenty of work ahead of them.

Visit SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league, and check the SB Nation StoryStream for the latest news on the NBA lockout.

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