NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject a proposal to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, the latest in a long line of cities that have tried to land the franchise.
The NBA and players’ association are ready to try mediation, and Commissioner David Stern wants results quickly.
Negotiators for NBA owners and players will likely meet again next week. And the league will have to offer something different to interest the players.
Union chief Billy Hunter says owners are locking out players after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, potentially putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.
Negotiators for owners and players will meet Thursday, about 12 hours before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and seemingly nowhere close to a deal.
Both sides made new proposals Tuesday in what Stern had said was an important day in the league’s labor talks, with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire on June 30.