NBA Lockout Deal Has Players Split, Says Anthony Tolliver

Anthony Tolliver, who represents the Minnesota Timberwolves at the the National Basketball Players Association table, told Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that, ahead of Tuesday's meeting with all 30 team reps, players are split on whether to take a deal similar to one left on the table by David Stern or to decertify and let the courts hammer it out.

"Pretty much everything is split," he said on his way to the airport after playing in a charity game in Salt Lake City on Monday night. "Half of the people want to decertify. Half the people want to vote on it."

His unofficial polling includes some teammates and other players in the league. He said he hopes to speak to more of his teammates before the 30 team player reps meeting starting at noon Minneapolis time Tuesday afternoon.

A couple players, including the Houston Rockets' Kevin Martin and the L.A. Lakers' Steve Blake, are reportedly pushing for a yes-or-no vote on the deal Stern put on the table, which includes a 50-50 revenue split. Still others are pushing a decertification vote behind the scenes. It's unclear whether the team reps who meet Tuesday in New York City will vote among themselves on whether to take the deal or send this impasse straight into anti-trust litigation. 

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