Letter asks for stay in NBA players' court case

The judge overseeing an antitrust lawsuit filed by NBA players against the league has been asked to stay all court proceedings while the two sides work on finishing an agreement to end the lockout.

In a letter written to Minnesota District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz on Monday, attorney Barbara Podlucky Berens says the players and the league have reached a tentative agreement to resolve their dispute, including the players' lawsuit and a suit filed by the NBA against the players in New York.

"We are now in the process of reducing the tentative resolution to a comprehensive written agreement," the letter says. "To facilitate that process, we respectfully ask the court to stay all proceedings in this matter...through December 9, 2011.

"By that date, we will inform the court whether the settlement has been concluded and, if it has, propose an appropriate order."

The NBA and disbanded players association reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning to end the nearly five-month lockout after a marathon meeting that lasted roughly 15 hours.

Reports indicated that training camps would open on December 9.