The NBA is not allowing players traded before the 11-12 season to sign with their old teams for one whole year.

Players formerly had to wait one month before rejoining teams that traded them, which created a loophole for teams to re-sign buyouts.

The one-year rule will not be bent to allow for the lockout-shortened season.

Lamar Odom, for example, would have to miss six weeks of the season if he wanted to join the Lakers in December.