Players reacted with excitement and caution when news began to spread on Saturday that NBA owners were ready to lift the lockout after reaching a tentative deal to end a bitter, five-month labour dispute.
"Man I just got up not too long ago and see we have a deal! I feel like my kids on X-mas day! So juiced!! Excited for," Miami Heat's LeBron James wrote on Twitter. "Miami/South Florida let's go!!!! HEAT is gone be on FIRE."
Owners and players must still ratify the handshake deal that would see the league play a 66-game schedule starting with a triple-header on Christmas Day.
NBA executive David Stern said the deal would be put before the owners' labour relations committee before being passed on to the overall Board of Governors.Reuse content