Player representatives from NBA teams, including the Celtics' Jeff Green, are meeting in New York on Monday to discuss the latest proposal from league for a new labor agreement. A lot is riding on this meeting.
If the group supports (or really, accepts) the proposal, it will be sent to the players for a vote. The lockout would end if the players approve the deal and a 72-game season would begin on Dec. 15. If the players reject the deal, the situation could get much worse.
If the union leadership rejects the offer, the league is prepared to offer a harsher backup proposal -- one players wouldn't accept, possibly triggering a lengthy legal battle and certainly jeopardizing the 2011-12 season.