Signing top-10 picks could be complicated

Because of the lack of progress on a new CBA, teams could have an even harder time signing first-round draft choices this summer.

Updated: June 12, 2005, 7:50 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

When it comes to signing first-round draft choices, especially those among the top 10, it seems every summer is a long, hot one.

So given the esoteric yet significant quirk in the collective bargaining agreement that figures to play some role in 2005 negotiations, will this summer be even longer and hotter than most? Is the annual negotiating mating dance going to be reduced to a waiting stance, as the parties try to determine who will blink first?

There seems to be no consensus yet, ...

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