CHICAGO (WSCR) What should be a very important offseason for the Chicago Bulls could be shortened, or limited, thanks to an impending lockout and the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement.

Teams will be less likely to make a move while not knowing the salary cap for next season. Until the NBA and the players union work out a new deal, any roster moves could be put on hold.

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“We all know how negotiations go,” K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “I mean, you need a hard and fast deadline. It’s still a couple weeks away and you gotta believe that they’ll have some talks between now and then, but we also have to believe that there’s going to be a lengthy lockout. All signs have pointed to that for a long time. Both sides have made it clear that there probably is going to be a lockout.”

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NBA fans curious how a potential lockout might unfold, should keep a close eye on the current NFL lockout, now into its forth month.

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“The NFL is showing right now that until you miss paychecks, I don’t think anything serious happens,” Johnson said. “It seems like the NFL is getting a little more serious, because they’re getting closer to missing paychecks. And I would assume that a similar path would follow for the NBA.”