Top officials from the players' union want to meet with the league before Wednesday's deadline from David Stern to reach a deal on the owners' current proposal before the offer gets worse, reports CBS Sports' Ken Berger. But it's not clear whether that meeting will happen. Berger reports that hardline owners would prefer the doomsday scenario -- which comes with a threatened drop in the players' share of revenue to 47 percent and the reintroduction of the hard salary cap -- and as such may resist negotiatons that could lead to a deal around the current proposal.
While that's an amazingly dark reading, nothing the owners have done since June has rendered it impossible. Stern made the ultimatum late Saturday, after an eight-hour session mediated by George Cohen in which players dropped their proposed revenue split to 51 percent, provided that the owners offered up concessions on salary cap system issues.