These are interesting times for the folks who run the basketball operations for NBA teams. To begin, the general managers and team presidents like Rod Thorn of the Sixers are allowed to talk to the agents of the players, but not with the players themselves. Oh sure, Thorn and head coach Doug Collins are allowed to say hello to the players that turn out at the team's practice site at the Philadelphia College for Osteopathic Medicine for informal workouts beginning on Thursday, but that's it. No coaching, instruction or anything else basketball related. Just chit-chat, Thorn and Collins said during a media session at PCOM on Wednesday afternoon. So if Thaddeus Young were to show up to workout on Thursday, he can work with the strength and training staffs, but not the coaching staff. That will change, of course, when the new collective bargaining agreement is official and NBA training camps open on Dec. 9. Until then, a player like Young can't discuss a new contract offer with Collins or Thorn.