Players expected to approve NBA's December start date

Don’t expect this vote to be close or contested.Team reps for the NBA players union will vote Thursday or Friday on a 72-game schedule that begins Dec. 22, according to reports and Lakers forward Jared Dudley. Despite the quick turnaround after last month’s NBA Finals — a conundrum, most notably, for LeBron James — the expectation is the players will approve the NBA’s proposal because it salvages revenue.Assuming it’s approved, free agency would begin soon after the Nov. 18 draft followed by training camp on Dec. 1. The schedule is compact but travel is reduced. The proposal also includes a pl…

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