1) There is a deal on the table after 10 hours of negotiating, but the players are not ready to accept it. Now the owners are giving them until Wednesday to agree or suffer the consequences. We are staring over the cliff here, folks. Union seems adamant that this latest offer will not be presented to the players for a vote and the two sides are not anywhere near close.
2) Mike Missanelli of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes fans will soon tire of these labor squabbles and will being leaving the sports that lose games because of them. And as John Karalis of Crossover Chronicles writes, the league's worst are running the ship and slowing things down.
3) Marc Stein of TrueHoop explains what decertification might mean for the players and the current progress of bargaining.
4) The players might be the only group not realizing what Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News writes, the owners have won. By how much is up to the players damage control efforts.
5) We are a week away from Dwight Howard's charity basketball extravaganza. We are all excited to see Penny Hardaway and Vince Carter and the other former Magic players back in town for this game. So Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel gives us a little preview thanks to WhatIfSports.com. Howard had a big game in a 102-100 victory for the homestanding current Magic.
6) Howard the Dunk and Orlando Pinstriped Post checks in with an update from Europe on Justin Harper. Harper is averaging 11.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game in five games so far for Strasbourg.
7) This day in Magic history: Nick Anderson had a big game in Shaquille O'Neal's debut game in 1992.