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AP Source: NBA Negotiators To Meet Sunday Night

By Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association, with NBA players (L-R) Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Baron Davis, speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at The Waldorf-Astoria on September 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 30: Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association, with NBA players (L-R) Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Baron Davis, speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations at The Waldorf-Astoria on September 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the plans says top negotiators for the NBA and players’ association will meet Sunday night, perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.

Commissioner David Stern has set Monday as the deadline for a new labor deal to be reached before the first two weeks of the season will be canceled. No meetings had been planned since he set the deadline Tuesday, before the sides agreed to talk Sunday.

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The meeting, first reported by The New York Times, comes two days after the union said the league insisted it accept a 50-50 split of revenues as a condition to meet. Instead, the precondition was dropped, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details were to remain private.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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