It's now day 26 of the NBA lockout. It's also been 26 days since the two sides came together to discuss a new deal. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that a session wasn't likely before August, but once August hit some sessions could be carved out.
That appears to be the case as SB Nation reports.
A National Basketball Players Association spokesman confirmed to SBNation.com that the union and NBA are hammering out details for the first bargaining session of the NBA lockout, to be held within the first two weeks of August.I think I speak for everyone when I say, it's about dang time. There are only some 60 days or so until the first preseason game would be canceled. That's not a lot of time to get a deal hashed out. And with the sides being so very far apart, it probably won't even matter.
Recent reports have suggested that neither the players or owners have shown an inclination to get back to the bargaining table, given the vast gap said to separate the sides. But staff from each side have been communicating, and a bargaining session that includes NBA deputy director Adam Silver and members of the union's board will be held in early August.
But nothing can be accomplished unless they're talking. And early August is better than early September. During the 1998-99 lockout, the two sides didn't reconvene until Aug. 6. Of course 30 games were missed that season.
The two sides briefly met last week as Berger reported, but that was more to arrange future sessions and other logistics going forward. The meeting early in August will be the first full blown bargaining session since the lockout began July 1.