(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indiana Pacers will open training camp this afternoon at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The NBA's labor dispute officially ended Thursday afternoon as the players and owners both ratified a new, ten-year collective bargaining agreement.
A brief free agent signing period also gets underway this afternoon with the Pacers expected to be a significant player, if not by signing free agents then by participating in trades.
The Blue and Gold will play the first of their two preseason games with the Chicago Bulls one week from tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
They will open the regular season on December 26th at home against the Detroit Pistons.
The Pacers are coming off a 37-45 campaign in 2010-2011 as they made the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.
They lost in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs to the Chicago Bulls.
Frank Vogel takes over as the full-time head coach after going 20-18 last season following the firing of Jim O'Brien.
The Pacers made one significant move before the lockout began on July 1st, acquiring Indianapolis native George Hill from the San Antonio Spurs.
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