Negotiations between the NBA and NBPA ended without a deal again Saturday night as both sides met for more than 8 hours with federal mediator George Cohen but were unable to reach a deal, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Multiple reports earlier in the night had hinted at progress, with one indicating a deal was “close.” But then, we’ve heard that fairy tale before. With the presence of Michael Jordan apparently spreading word of his position regarding the hard line, and players reacting to it on Twitter including Nick Young (who later deleted the tweet) and Paul George, Saturday was a long and eventful day that went longer than expected without detonating. And yet, still, no agreement.
Afterwards, David Stern gave the players an ultimatum. Accept terms of a deal with elements advised by federal mediator George Cohen, or face a much worse offer. Click here for more on Stern’s ultimatum and deadline.