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With Lockout Nearing End, Basketball Back in Focus
NEW YORK (AP) -- These are the kinds of negotiations NBA fans have been waiting for.

Teams began talking to agents Wednesday as the lockout inched closer to its end, and basketball moved back into focus. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were linked to trade speculation, while free agents such as Tyson Chandler and Nene were in the news after months of attorneys getting all the ink.

Now, the players are taking over as the league prepares to reopen its facilities to players for workouts on Thursday.

The league still hopes to open training camps and free agency next Friday.

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