The NBA and NBPA are widely expected to agree to revised collective bargaining agreement this week, which is their deadline to start the season by mid-December.
"I don't really think the players have much of a leveraging point here," said Brian Windhorst on his podcast. "They're probably going to have to agree to this.
"In talking to people on the league side this past week, they didn't act like getting the players to agree was going to be that big of a stumbling block. I'm sure some people are going to be upset, but I'm not sure what they can do about it."
The start of the season will take place 72 days after Game 6 of The Finals featuring the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.