NBA lockout news has been, for the most part, doom and gloom ever since the owners decided to shut the door on its players following one of the best NBA seasons in recent memory. Following up on a seemingly productive meeting on Wednesday, the NBA and its Players' Association will meet again next week.
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports that the two sides have agreed to meet in consecutive weeks after previously meeting just once in the first two months of the lockout.
As was the case with Wednesday's six-hour meeting in New York, next week's session is expected to include only a small group of representatives and will likely take place on Wednesday or Thursday.
The two sides are apparently hoping to come to an agreement before September 15, a rumored deadline to cancel the NBA's preseason, but just the fact that they are meeting again so soon is reason for optimism -- even if they're unable to come to an agreement on time to save the exhibition schedule.