Adam Silver sees time to avoid lockout

Updated: January 14, 2011, 11:52 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The NBA's deputy commissioner says that a lockout is "not inevitable," even though no formal meetings are scheduled between the owners and players' union.

Adam Silver, attending Friday night's game between New Orleans and Houston, said the two sides have plenty of time to work out a deal before the current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.

"It's not inevitable," Silver said. "While we have no other formal meetings scheduled now, there is an ongoing dialogue ...

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