See the title. From CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger, who reported the news initially:
NEW YORK — The NBA will be back on Christmas Day, pending approval of a tentative settlement of a lengthy, combustible lockout that came closer than ever before in league history to swallowing an entire season.
A 66-game schedule beginning with a triple-header — likely the originally intended season openers centered around a Finals rematch between Miami and Dallas — will begin Dec. 25 once the agreement is finalized, vetted by an army of attorneys and approved by the players and owners.
Both sides will meet with their attorneys later Saturday and begin the process of withdrawing the lawsuits each has filed against the other. After convening at least twice by phone during the negotiations Friday, the owners’ labor relations committee will be briefed on the details of the agreement Saturday. At the same time, details of the broad agreement will be refined and B-list issues resolved, leading to a frenzied run-up to a shortened free-agency period — which could be so compressed it may coincide with the estimated start of training camp on Dec. 9.
Well, this is wonderful news.
If/when both sides ratify the deal, we’ll get our season preview started. Between now and then, we’ll have an abbreviated free agency session, which could result in both some good deals for teams and horrible one for others. Well just have to wait (hopefully a limited amount of time) and see.