By NBA.com staff reports
Posted Sep 28 2011 3:40PM
A second consecutive day of collective bargaining talks between the National Basketball Players Association and NBA owners ended with the sides agreeing to meet again later this week and possibly into the weekend.
NBPA president Derek Fisher told reporters that both sides plan to meet again on Friday in New York, where the previous two days' meetings were held. Marquee players and up to 15 owners are expected to attend the talks, TNT's David Aldridge reports.
The sides have also blocked off Saturday and Sunday as potential dates for further negotiations, but the chances of talks over the weekend may hinge on what happens Friday.
The NBPA and owners will not meet the rest of today or on Thursday so that representatives from each side would have time to observe the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown.
One insider told NBA.com's Steve Aschburner that "people should be encouraged we're talking. But [that] doesn't mean [a] deal is close. Not meeting would be much worse."
Commissioner David Stern warned there are "enormous consequences at play" as the sides try to preserve an on-time start to the season. Stern said there would be "a lot of risk" to not having an agreement by the end of this week. But both sides said there hasn't been enough progress to put them on the verge of a deal.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.