Posted: Thursday September 1, 2011 6:11PM ; Updated: Thursday September 1, 2011 11:25PM
Sam Amick
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NBA, union to meet next week

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League and players' union officials plan to meet on Wednesday or Thursday

It will be just the third meeting between the two sides since the lockout started

After the Aug. 31 meeting, both agreed urgency is needed in these CBA talks

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Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver plan to meet with the players' union on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver plan to meet with the players' union on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
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The NBA and National Basketball Players' Association have agreed to meet again next week, according to two sources close to the situation.

As was the case with Wednesday's six-hour meeting in New York, next week's session is expected to include only a small group of representatives and will likely take place on Wednesday or Thursday. It will be just the third meeting since the lockout began on July 1.

There isn't much time left for the start of the season to be saved. While commissioner David Stern refuted reports that he had set a Sept. 15 deadline by which preseason games would be canceled if a resolution is not reached, it will become a reality if there isn't an agreement soon. If nothing else, progress is needed by that date to avoid the owners galvanizing at a Sept. 15 Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. As Stern indicated in a recent podcast with ESPN, their offers will only get worse once games are lost as they attempt to recoup their losses suffered during the work stoppage.

The monumental gap between the two sides remains, with the issues ranging from the split on basketball-related income to the preferred type and structure of the salary cap and much more. One of the sources said the owners did not put forth a new proposal, as the NBPA had hoped, but that much of the time was spent "laying the groundwork" for future discussions.

NBPA president Derek Fisher -- who was joined by Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and union counsel Ron Klempner in the meeting -- told reporters on Wednesday that "both sides [are] feeling a sense or urgency" to get a deal done.

 
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