Multiple outlets are reporting that NBA League Spokesman Tim Frank has announced that starting Wednesday, teams will be given permission to start speaking to agents again. Deals are still not allowed to be offered though, and no contracts can be signed until December 9th.
Per the AP, 'the league also said owners, general managers, and coaches are now free to comment publicly about things such as contracts, plans for future free agent signings, the team's prospects for the upcoming season, and other typical public comments that a team would make about players.'
In addition, the league also noted that clubs will, on Thursday, be allowed to host "voluntary player workouts" and physicals at their facilities but no coaches or GMs are to be at the gym. Team trainers and weight coaches can assist but not supervise or participate. One team public relations person and media members are welcome for workouts that represent the first time teams have been able to meet since the lockout started on July 1st.
Training camp is set to start on December 9th and in the meantime things might be a little ad-hoc, but it's a step in the right direction for the NBA as they look to put the lockout behind them and help prepare the players to be in game-shape by the start of the season on Christmas day.