If we assume that the tentative agreement reached in the wee hours of this morning holds true, NBA free agency will begin on Dec. 9.
That leaves only 16 days of free agency before the reported start of the regular season. This is eerily similar to the situation that followed the NFL lockout.
What followed was a free agent frenzy; so many players were signed in such a short period of time.
NBA teams will have very little time to make their pitches to top free agents, for these players will need to report to camp in order to prepare for the start of the season.
Although the free agents this year lack the star power of the 2010 class or next summer's anticipated 2012 class, there is a wealth of talent that will be desired by contenders for the upcoming 66-game season.
Here are my top five.