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Glen Davis wants sides to compromise

On the day the locked-out Boston Celtics were supposed to open their 2011-12 season, forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had a message for the NBA Players' Association and the league.

"Take the 51 percent man and let's play," Davis tweeted Wednesday afternoon, referring to the primary sticking point in negotiations between the union and the league. The players want 52.5 percent of basketball-related income, while the league is standing pat on its proposal of 50 percent.

Players had received 57 percent in the last collective bargaining agreement.

Davis' tweet indicates his preference for the sides to split the difference and get back to basketball.

Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the union's executive board has scheduled a Thursday session in New York in the wake of executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher denying published reports claiming that the two are no longer working in concert.

On Tuesday, which was originally scheduled to be opening night of the new season, sources confirmed that no further negotiating sessions have been scheduled. And ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Tuesday that federal mediator George Cohen, after speaking to both commissioner David Stern and Hunter on Monday, has not yet consented to rejoin the talks as a third-party observer.

Once the sides come to an agreement, the 25-year-old Davis will be a free agent. He has spent all four of his NBA seasons as a Celtic.

Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein was included in this report.