The NBA lockout continues with no quick fix resolution in sight for the start of the regular season. Both parties seem to be well apart on terms and with time becoming an issue, the odds of playing a full season are diminishing by the day. The lockout has already seen the training camps and all the pre-season games cancelled. Many countries around the world are benefiting from the lockout, which could ruin the entire NBA season. Many big names, anticipating a lengthy delay in contract agreements, have already signed with some of the bigger Euroleagues. The benefits are also being gained in Australia as the NBL looks to be a big beneficiary. The NBL will see huge increases in television viewers and also attendance numbers at stadiums around the nation thanks to the signing of Patty Mills and the possibility of Andrew Bogut penning a deal. Patty Mills the Portland Trailblazers guard has signed with the Melbourne Tigers and Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks looks set to sign within the next week. The NBL season opener kicks off Friday, October 7th, and the NBL bosses must be licking their lips with the much anticipated league kick off between the Melbourne Tigers and Sydney Kings, showcasing probably the best signing they have had in many years in Mills. Mills has been putting up some good numbers in pre-season games and also been promoting the league with a well organised social media campaign, showing his dedication to growing our national competition. [caption id="attachment_1414" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Go on. Admit it. This photo scares you"][/caption] But it is Bogut, the former first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, who will be heading media releases everywhere for the NBL if he signs. Bogut is awaiting approval from FIBA, basketball's world governing body on insurance issues should he be injured while playing. The team who does sign Bogut has to sign off on the $500,000 insurance required to cover his current NBA contract. Currently the teams courting Bogut are the Sydney Kings, Gold Coast Blaze and the Adelaide 36ers. At this point in time it looks like the Kings are the leading contenders and hopefully things will become clearer within the next few days. Bogut-mania could descend on the NBL soon if some media reports are confirmed. The difference in his $13 million contract he receives at his NBA team the Milwaukee Bucks may be vastly different from the figures being talked about at NBL level, but it is the talk of promoting the game locally and the opportunity of playing with fellow Australian team players that has led to much appreciation in Bogut’s attitude and current situation. It could be one of the best seasons the NBL has had in some time, considering the issues they have faced with diminishing numbers supporting the game nationwide over the past decade. But the recent television rights signing with One HD could see the NBL reliving some of the glory days when Andrew Gaze and Leroy Loggin’s made the NBL a great family activity in the early to mid 90’s. With Bogut, it is not just an average NBA player that we could see gracing the NBL hard courts but one of the elite centres in the best league in the world. In Bogut, the NBL will get a 7 ft Centre who has been banging bodies with the likes of Dwight Howard and Amar'e Stoudemire for the past 6 years. He was selected in the All-NBA 3rd team in 2010 and has career averages of just under 10 rebounds and 13 points per game. Australia has been lucky to have had numerous players play NBA over the years including Andrew Gaze, Luc Longley and Shane Heal, but none have had the affect Bogut has had in his short career. One thing is for sure; Bogut's potential signing is definitely a huge boost for basketball in Australia. It will guarantee that the shirt he decides to place on his back will be one that will be running out of stores with kids trying to emulate him. The NBA lockout may be frustrating many at the moment, but at least locally we can expect some short term fun and excitement.