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Sources: Staff meeting on tap in NY

9/20/2011 - NBA

Representatives for the NBA's owners and players, in addition to lawyers representing both sides in the league's lockout, will hold a staff meeting on Wednesday in New York, according to sources close to the situation.

Neither NBA commissioner David Stern nor union chief Billy Hunter will be present, according to sources. No owners or players will attend, either. The lockout entered its 82nd day Tuesday.

On Thursday, the two sides will have a small group meeting. Stern, Adam Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt, who is head of the owners' labor relations committee, as well as Hunter, union president Derek Fisher and lawyers and economists from both sides will attend.

It is not unusual for the staffs of the two sides to meet. They held such a meeting last month. It cannot be labeled as a bargaining session because of the absence of the key figures, but everything from salary-cap concepts to secondary issues such as the league's age limit could be discussed.

With the scheduled start of training camp just two weeks away, both sides are feeling a heightened sense of urgency. While tough rhetoric has come from both camps, sources say neither wants to postpone the start of the regular season.

Chris Broussard is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.