By Chris Sheridan
NE W YORK — NBA owners and players have agreed to resume collective bargaining discussions at 6 p.m. EDT tonight at an undisclosed location.
The news was first reported by Howard Beck of the New York Times, and SheridanHoops has learned that the owners have dropped their precondition that the players agree to a 50-50 split of revenues before resuming discussions.
Union director Billy Hunter had been scheduled to fly to Los Angeles tonight to brief a group of players on the status of negotiations, but that plane ticket has been canceled.
commissioner David Stern has said an agreement needs to be reached by Monday in order to save the Nov. 1 start of the regular season.