NBA players will begin voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement Wednesday afternoon, according to a letter obtained by SI.com.
With the tentative agreement expected to be ratified and training camps unofficially set to open Friday, the memo from National Basketball Players Association head Billy Hunter to players states that electronic voting will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Thursday.
In a letter obtained by SI.com on Tuesday, Hunter canceled the players' meeting in New York on Wednesday and said the CBA discussion will be handled exclusively via conference call on Wednesday night. The voting window was also changed, with the new start time at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday and the finish at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday. Owners are reportedly voting on Thursday as well.
After the tentative deal between owners and players was reached on Nov. 26, the negotiation of the so-called "B-list" issues was the most daunting obstacle that remained. Yet as Hunter indicated in his letter, it seems clear the deal will be in place in time for a vote.
"Progress on the remaining negotiations has been steady and therefore we will hold a general meeting for all interested players where we will present and explain the terms of the proposed 2011 CBA," he wrote.
The 66-game NBA season is expected to start on Christmas Day, with five games on the holiday docket.