A meeting Wednesday between the NBA’s owners and its locked-out players tentatively is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET in New York, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard. Logistics for the meeting currently are being worked out.
The NBA Players Association rejected the league’s latest labor proposal Tuesday but had asked for one more bargaining session before a 5 p.m. ET deadline Wednesday that, according to commissioner David Stern, will cause the offer to vanish if there’s no agreement.
Wednesday is the 132nd day of the second lockout in NBA history to bleed into the regular season.
Flanked by the player representatives from 29 teams and roughly 15 more players who showed up for Tuesday’s union meeting in New York, union executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher announced that the player reps backed their recommendation to reject the NBA’s offer made last weekend. Stern says it will be replaced by a far less appetizing offer if the sides can’t reach an accord by the stated deadline.
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