Adam Silver revealed on Wednesday that the NBA intends to opt-out of the current collective bargaining agreement if a new deal cannot be reached by the March 31st deadline. Silver expects negotations with the NBPA to go down to the wire.
NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio responded to the public position of the NBA by indicating that the players do not intend to opt out.
"The March 31st deadline is an important benchmark, and we are doing everything in our power to reach an agreement with the league," wrote Tremaglio in a statement. "If we don't have a deal and the league decides to opt out, it will be disappointing considering all the work both sides have put into the negotations, and the fair nature of our requests. As far as our fans are concerned, it will be business as usual. Games will continue uninterrupted. The NBPA, however, does not intend to opt out."