NEW YORK (AP/CBS SPORTS/CBSDFW.COM) – NBA owners and players have reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout.
Commissioner David Stern says the two sides have reached a “tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations.” He says: “We’re optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin Dec. 25.”
After a secret meeting earlier this week, the sides met for more than 15 hours Friday, working to try to save the season.
This handshake deal still must be ratified by both owners and players. A majority on each side is needed.
The NBA needs votes from 15 of 29 owners. (The league owns the New Orleans Hornets.) The union needs a simple majority of its 430-plus members.
Among the roadblocks, the players have to reassemble their union, which disbanded last week.
CBSSports.com is reporting training camp would begin Dec. 9, with a slate of 3 games set for Christmas Day. In a press conference Stern said he was not sure what teams would be playing that day.
The Dallas Mavericks were scheduled to play the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center in a rematch of the 2011 NBA Finals on December 25, as of 5:00 a.m. Saturday there has been no word on if that will change.
The Mavericks are the defending NBA champions, defeating the Heat in a 6-game NBA Finals in June.