Sides 'Closer' To Compromise But Still Have 'Miles' To Go
The NBA and NBPA broke for the weekend on Saturday after an eight hour bargaining session that followed a four-hour meeting on Friday.
No agreement is in place, but the sides have moved "closer" to a compromise on system issues, commissioner David Stern said.
At the suggestion of Billy Hunter, the two sides "decoupled" the issues of the split of revenues and the system that would go with it, attempting to "break down the mountain into separate pieces," NBPA Derek Fisher said.
"We're not near anything," Stern said. "But wherever that is, we're closer than we were before."
Hunter characterized the two sides as being "miles apart" even on the system issues that separate them as the owners and league negotiators try to incorporate system changes they feel "entitled to," Hunter said, by virtue of dropping their insistence on a hard team salary cap.
Stern said no announcement regarding further preseason games being canceled would be made Monday.