According to various sources, the NBA will formally cancel the first two weeks of training camp and exhibition games following a call with league owners on Friday. The decision comes less than a day after a six-hour negotiating session in New York that saw no progress.
Adrian Wojnarowski writes the league is expected to cancel exhibition games through Oct. 15 on Friday and then re-evaluate the final two weeks of the preseason on Oct. 1. The scheduled Nov. 1 start to the regular season also is in danger of being postponed. The two sides are expected to meet again next week.
The league offered players a 46 percent of basketball-related revenue, 11 percent less than they received in last deal and seven percent less than last proposal by players, a league source told Ric Bucher and both Woj and Bucher said there was no progress on a hard cap.
Not everyone was pessimistic. Both Chris Sheridan and Ken Berger, who have been generally more positive than their colleagues, think there's movement even if glacial. "It's moving," a source told Berger. "Not as fast as some people would want, but it's moving."
- NBA to delay start of preseason - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
- NBA to annouce postponement of training camp, cancel exhibition games, sources say - Ric Bucher - ESPN
- Lockout update: Hunter: “I don’t think they’re ready to do a deal” - Chris Sheridan - Sheridan Hoops
- Owners' revised proposal means there's hope for full season - Ken Berger - CBS Sports
Player reaction to preseason postponement: Saw that coming - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports