Labor peace likely but never a lock

David Stern and NBA owners figure to extend the current CBA to avoid a summer lockout. But you never know.

Updated: November 18, 2003, 10:03 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

As of Saturday, there was exactly one month left for commissioner David Stern and his 29 teams to decide whether to exercise the league's Dec. 15 option to extend its Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players through the 2004-05 season.

The prevailing sense around the league is that Stern and the owners will indeed opt in for one more year, with the hope that the recent spirit of cooperation with the union -- since last All-Star Weekend -- will lead to terms being reached on a new ...

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