Finishing touches remain for CBA

Updated: December 3, 2011, 11:20 AM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

NBA commissioner David Stern and players' union director Billy Hunter began negotiations on the remaining points of their tentative labor deal Friday and were expected to continue talking Saturday, sources said.

If enough progress is made, the two sides are expected to take Sunday off and resume Monday.

The objective is to have a completed deal to present to the executive negotiating committees for both sides Wednesday and then conduct an electronic vote Thursday, in time for Friday's targeted start of training camp and free agency, according to sources.

League sources say big-name free agents such as Nene, Tyson Chandler and David West aren't expected to be close to signing Friday.

Teams have been slow to make offers, several agents with free agents have said, presumably because they are wary about just how extravagant they can be under the terms of a new labor deal they have yet to see in full.

Ric Bucher is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer