NBA Labor Deal Reached: The NBA will be back on Christmas Day, pending approval of a tentative settlement of the lockout. The season will be 66 games long. The deal includes a tougher luxury tax and increases minimum team salary from 75 percent to 90 percent. "You never can be sure, with how a new system will work. But we feel ultimately it will give fans in every community hope that their team can compete for championships," said deputy commissioner Adam Silver.