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AP: Team/Agents Talks Start Wednesday; Players Return Thursday

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The Associated Press reports... ---------------------------- For the first time since the lockout began on July 1, NBA players are going to be welcomed back to their team facilities, said league spokesman Tim Frank. The league sent a memo to clubs Tuesday announcing the move, plus giving teams permission to begin speaking with agents at 9 a.m. Wednesday — though deals cannot yet be offered, and no contracts can be signed before Dec. 9. Teams may host "voluntary player workouts" and physicals. Training camps will not open until Dec. 9. ---------------------------- Update: Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports that "3-4" Blazers are expected to show up this week. ed: updated text, bumped to front page

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