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PBT: NBA reportedly sets Sept. 15 labor deadline

August 30 CSN Bay Area 

The NBA has started its campaign to ratchet up the pressure on the players to reach a deal when negotiations between the two sides start again this Wednesday.  That pressure — cancellations of the start of training camps and pre-season games — was leaked to Hoopsworld’s Steve Kyler.  League sources have pegged September 15th as the last possible date to reach a deal before Training Camps and Pre-season games are likely scrubbed.

NBA, players to meet Wednesday

August 29 Los Angeles Times 

Trying to bridge a great divide, a small group of NBA and players’ union representatives are expected to gather for a Wednesday meeting in New York, league sources said Monday.  League owners and players are far apart in their efforts to address reports that as many as 23 teams are losing money. The players are willing to accept less than their 57% of 2010-11 basketball-related income (about $2.15 billion), but they don’t want to accept a hard $2-billion salary cap for several years.

Playing abroad? Locked-out Sixers weigh options

August 29 CSN Philly 

With the NBA lockout going on since July 1 there has been much speculation about who and how many NBA players will take their skills abroad.  The Sixers’ Lou Williams had an opportunity to play in Europe for a team he would not disclose, but did say was in Europe’s top league. He turned it down. He had his reasons for rejecting the offer but he thinks for many of the guys choosing to go overseas, the reason is obvious.  “I think it is financial,” Williams said on Sunday in Los Angeles

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