NBA teams to open camps Friday
NBA teams will open training camps on Friday after the league decided against a possible three-day delay.
The league office had polled team executives about the possibility of moving the start of camps to Monday, sources said.
Friday is the first day that teams are allowed to sign free agents and make trades. By delaying the start of training camps, teams would have had more time to assemble fuller and more complete rosters.
“Teams with just a handful of guys under contract have been complaining that it’s going to be too difficult to start on Friday,” one league executive said.
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There were also concerns about the so-called “B-list” issues in collective bargaining talks finishing in time for the players to take a vote. The owners have a Board of Governors meeting scheduled for Thursday.
The NBA’s preseason starts Dec. 16, with each team playing two games against regional rivals. The regular season starts Dec. 25.
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The Players Association plans to start the ratification voting process on the new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday.
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