NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Billy Hunter (5th L), Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, listens as Derek Fisher (6th L), President of the National Basketball Players Association (C), speak at a press conference after the NBPA held a meeting to discuss the NBA lockout at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The NBPA players representatives met today and reportedly agreed to accepts a 50-50 BRI offer from the NBA owners but not the rest of the deal on the table. The players would like to continue negotiating with the owners on the CBA's system issues, while David Stern's take-it-or-leave-it deadline for agreeing to the latest deal looms at 5:00 PM on Wednesday.
Danny Granger and Dahntay Jones were in New York representing the Indiana Pacers and according the Mike Wells, Jones relayed that the majority of Pacers players agreed with the union decision not to accept the NBA's deal.
Once again, the sides appear to be creeping closer to a deal, but the emotional, ego-driven desire not to blink has both sides at odds. Considering the union's indication that they will agree to a 50/50 split with a few concessions on system issues, if the owners could give something back to the players, the gesture alone may be enough to get over the hump.
But there are still plenty of issues up in the air as Chris Mannix details here from a players perspective.