The NBA players union is set to re-form by Friday morning in order to ensure a timely completion of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement and to stay on schedule for the Christmas Day opening, The New York Times reports.
The players dissolved the NBPA on Nov. 14 after ownership and the players union were unable to make headway in the labor dispute. This dismantling of the NBPA allowed the players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league. Shortly after dissolving the union, the owners and players resumed negotiations and have reached a tentative settlement. However, no new CBA can be completed or ratified until the union has been reconstituted.
To re-form the NBPA, 260 players must sign and return union cards to the American Arbitration Association by Thursday. At this time, it appears that the figure should be met on schedule. The league is aiming for a Dec. 9 timetable to open training camp and begin an abbreviated free agency period and a Dec. 25 opening day featuring five games.