There is no deal to end the NBA lockout yet and nobody's quite sure how much progress is being made in the latest rounds of talks. While the sentiment from New York is that the talks are productive, we've seen the story before, and all it takes is on setback for everything to collapse. But it's still encouraging.
Even more encouraging, perhaps, is this nugget from Adrian Wojnarowski.
Signs of labor optimism: Team execs cancelling scouting trips, preparing for free agency. Agents quietly reaching out to teams on players.
As the negotiations have progressed, there's been little movement outside the room. If team executives truly are preparing for free agency and agents are springing to life, perhaps it means a deal could be coming. Or this could all be standard preparations for a season being made just in case everything works out in the near future. It's always good to be prepared!