Steve Fehr contended that the players’ association is willing to discuss any issues at any time to try to make a deal soon.
‘‘We can discuss the core issues whenever they want to do it,’’ he said. ‘‘Bargaining is not ping pong. There are no rules on who has to serve.
‘‘I don’t want to use the adjective optimistic, but it was a productive discussion. We had a good session and hopefully it will continue and build momentum.’’