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Your Morning Dump… Where we may be close to a deal

 Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Negotiators met for more than 15 hours, finishing past 3 a.m. ET Thursday, and sources said talks centering on the system issues resulted in significant progress on one of the labor fight’s most vexing obstacles: the luxury tax teams would have to pay for going over the salary. Negotiations will resume at 2 p.m. ET Thursday.

“They need [Thursday] to punch it over end line,” one source briefed on the talks told Y! Sports.

Yahoo: NBA, Players make progress towards a deal 

The bottom line is that this isn't easy, but it's doable if the league is willing to phase in its vision for competitive balance — and if the union is willing to trade some system restrictions for a more favorable BRI split than the 50-50 offer they've thus far been unable to accept. With further cancellations threatening to wipe out $1 billion or more when the fight is about pocket change by comparison, we have reached the fourth quarter of these negotiations. We have arrived at the time for big-time horse trading and compromise, the point where logic and reason must rise to the top.

NBA deal finally there to be done if logic prevails

I don't want to dive into analysis, because every bit of good news has been followed by something unsettling, so pardon me if I wait for the other shoe to drop. 

Both sides came out of last night talking about progress.  Even Derek Fisher had this to say:

The deal will have to be done today to make that happen, really.  And we've been here before.  I would have sworn a deal was going to get done two weeks ago.  And now I'm sitting here maybe more hopeful than anything, thinking a deal is going to get done today. 

I guess it's the hopeless romantic in me.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE: Progress made after 15 hour bargaining session  |  Garnett still plans to play in World All Star Classic  |  WEEI:  Rondo: Lockout is "boring"  |  Garnett, Pierce, Rondo to play in exhibition 

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