Teams, agents can talk Wednesday; facilities open to players

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Teams, agents can talk Wednesday; facilities open to players

Although the NBA's free agency period doesn't officially begin until Dec. 9, the NBA has notified teams that they can start talking with agents as early as Wednesday.

In addition, players can start using NBA facilities as early as Thursday.

According to Yahoo! Sports, all 30 facilities are available to current players as well as free agents. Coaches and front office officials can't be in the gym during the workouts, but a member of the team's media relations department as well as the team's strength and conditioning coaches can be in attendance as well.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix: Competition around Celtics just got a lot better

Chris Mannix talks with Abby Chin about the teams in the East making moves at the trade deadline while the Boston Celtics stood pat.