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That person reiterated Stern’s words: The next offer will be much worse.

“It’s time to think rationally about what we’re talking about here,” the person involved with negotiations said. “This is the deal. We’ve come too far. We’ve talked it out. This is the deal and there are things in this deal that neither side will like. Everyone made concessions. It’s time to decide. We all talk about these arena workers and the effect this has on the local economy, all those things. If we mean what we say about those workers, this deal gets done and the season starts Dec. 15.”


AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.


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