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They also are still clashing over the length of the agreement, with players not wanting to go beyond six years and owners seeking a 10-year deal but offering the players an opt-out after six. Player contract lengths, luxury tax payments and the use of spending exceptions are among the other big items remaining.

“We haven’t even addressed many of the issues,” Stern said.

So there is a lot left _ and now perhaps just a few days to save basketball in this calendar year.

“Deal Tuesday, or we potentially spiral into situations where the worsening offers on both sides make it even harder for the parties to make a deal,” Stern said.

The NBA TV interview was to air Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT.

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