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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011

NBA moving closer to normal business

The NBA lockout still hasn’t officially been lifted, but there are more signs that the league is getting back to business as usual. Teams also received a memo on Tuesday that allowed officials to speak with agents at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and permitted them to open up practice facilities to players on Thursday.


In a few weeks, you’ll be wearing these, John. (Evan Vucci - AP)
But there are some limitations to the moves. General managers and agents cannot discuss the framework of deals or offer contracts and players cannot come in contact with team executives or coaches. Teams will be allowed to provide athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches to assist players, though they will not be allowed to conduct drills or participate in workouts.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis sent out a letter to full season-ticket holders acknowledging that the NBA is close to returning.

The message read:

“As you have likely seen, we have reached a tentative agreement with the players. There are many issues still to be negotiated and the agreement is subject to approval on both sides, but we are hopeful that the NBA will be back in action on Christmas Day to tip off a 66-game schedule. This is certainly welcome news for all of us — fans, players, broadcast rights holders, sponsors, owners and local businesses — that revolve around the Wizards and the NBA.
Thanks to all of you for your patience and support during this process. We will continue to be in touch as more information becomes available and look forward to seeing you at Verizon Center when we return to action.
Ted Leonsis”

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