NBA arenas are about to be unlocked.

For the first time since the lockout began on July 1, NBA players are going to be welcomed back to their team facilities, league spokesman Tim Frank said. The league sent a memo to clubs yesterday announcing the move, plus giving teams permission to begin speaking with agents at 9 a.m. today - 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, and the regular season is expected to begin Christmas Day with marquee matchups, including a Miami-Dallas rematch of last season’s NBA Finals.

– Reported by the Associated Press