Since Tiffany is doing such a great job picking up the slack in our mock draft, I figured I would hit on the big news of the day, which is the lifting of the lockout by Judge Nelson. Now before everyone starts celebrating, understand that while this is obviously good news, this thing is far from over. I will try to be as helpful as I can with this info, but it is mostly legal stuff and difficult to understand at times.
Pretty much, the deal is that Judge Nelson ruled in favor of the players and, by court order, lifted the lockout placed on those players by the league. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean business as usual, at least at this point. The league will file an appeal, and they will also ask for a stay in lifting the lockout, with their argument being that opening the doors before a final decision made on the appeal will cause “an undue hardship for the league” if they have to close the doors again after appeal.
So, while the lockout is technically lifted, don’t expect any player movement or anything else of significance to go down in the coming days. There’s a chance that free agency/trading could be back by the draft, but that will only be the case if the league can’t get a stay from the courts. It would be great if we could have player movement back before Thursday, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. My guess is that the league will get their stay, and frankly I believe that the league will win their appeal as well. We aren’t out of the woods yet. In fact, we might not even be close.