NBA Lockout Talks Continue As Varying Levels Of Optimism Slip Out

NBA lockout talks continue on Thursday with reporters offering varying levels of optimism about the state of negotiations. Veteran league executive Dave Checketts -- a close friend of commissioner David Stern -- sparked a minor conflagration late Thursday afternoon by implying in an ESPN radio interview in Salt Lake City that a deal was done.

Reporters at the scene of talks offered debunking. From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

Person in the room assures me that no agreement has been reached. They're about to hit the five-hour mark here in New York.

SI.com's Sam Amick shared that the owners made an important but unrevealed concession late Wednesday, but said no deal has yet been forged:

Players' side source in the room says of alleged agreement, "Not at all (true). We have yet to discuss our positions at all."

The New York Times' Howard Beck offered a flat denial of Checketts' talk:

Person involved in NBA talks: "Nothing has changed between last night and today."

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