NBA, Players Assoc. to meet Thursday

In a last-ditch effort to strike a deal before commissioner David Stern’s 5 p.m. deadline for the NBA Players Association to accept the owners’ current offer of a 50-50 basketball-related income split or risk a less attractive offer, the NBA and NBPA have decided to meet this afternoon in New York, an NBA source confirmed.

The NBPA said it will reject such an offer but wanted to meet today to discuss system issues such as sign-and-trade deals, luxury taxes, and mid-level exception contracts that would make a contract more feasible. The NBPA appears resigned to accepting the 50-50 BRI split.

The sides talked early this morning and agreed to meet at 1 p.m. in New York after NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said he wanted to reach out to Stern in a press conference last night.

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