We've all been down this road before ...and more than once. Still, with talks now headed into their third day out of four, and signs pointing in the right direction, Adrian Wojnarowski writes there's "a belief that the end of the five-month lockout is within reach this weekend."
The context for that comment was word that Derek Fisher --and other players-- will be on hand Friday when the two sides try for what is being called "settlement talks" on the various lawsuits filed by the players and owners, most prominently the players' antitrust case. "It is felt that Fisher’s appearance is needed to reach an agreement on a deal"
Meanwhile, Chris Broussard is tweeting the players want movement on specific "system issues" before they accept a 50-50 BRI split, including max salaries at 30% of the cap, up from 25%; full four year MLE's and sign-and-trades for all teams, including luxury taxpayers; higher qualifying offers for restricted free agents and more escrow protection.
His ESPN colleague, Marc Stein, tweets that while "Serious idea swapping starts FRI"... "Sense here is more league insiders than not believe deal is forthcoming by MON." Talks start at noon.
- Fisher to rejoin NBA's labor talks - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
Sources: Sides hope to resolve lawsuits - Marc Stein - ESPN
- NBA labor talks to resume Friday - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
- Lawyers for NBA, players return to table today - Marc Berman - New York Post
- For NBA, crazy days still await - Sam Amico - FOX Sports
- NBA labor talks resume Friday with Fisher, escrow talk - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
Labor Talks: Our Own Black Friday - Sekou Smith - NBA.com
In Newark, N.B.A. Lockout Costing Arena Workers Much-Needed Income - Ken Belson - New York Times