Union to meet Monday to discuss NBA's offer

By Tim Reynolds

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Nov. 13 2011 3:15 p.m. MST

NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher speaks alongside fellow union members, including executive director Billy Hunter, seated left, during a news conference Thursday night, Nov. 10, 2011, in New York. The NBA and its players are hitting pause in their negotiations as the union considers the league's latest revised offer. The league offered a revised offer after nearly 11 hours of bargaining Thursday. It's based on the possibility of a 72-game season, starting Dec. 15.

John Minchillo, Associated Press

MIAMI — Decision day for NBA players is looming. What that decision will be remains anyone's guess.

The NBA Players Association will meet in New York on Monday morning, a session that could bring the lockout closer to an end or send it into a bigger tailspin. Representatives from all 30 teams are expected, as are other players.

They'll discuss the latest offer from the NBA and could choose from a wide range of options, including taking it to the rank-and-file for a vote or flatly turning it down. Out of that meeting, the answer to this key question — "Will there be a season?" — may finally come.

The NBA wants a 72-game season starting Dec. 15. For that, a handshake deal likely would have to be in place this week.

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