1) Marc Stein of ESPN reports several union officials were disappointed with the "miniscule" concessions owners made in the latest round of bargaining. It seems like this will be the owners' last, best offer. So the players will take the deal to the union reps for review early next week. From all accounts and sources, the union seems very fractured on what to do facing this deal and ultimatum.
2) The good news is that if a deal is reached next week and the league begins a 70-game season, the All-Star Game would still happen at Amway Center as scheduled, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
3) Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie says the owners might be at fault for making the last two agreements unworkable, but right now it is the players' fault for not finishing this deal and costing the fans games.
4) Bullets Forever notes that teams are supposed to be a community trust, yet the fans have no voice and no recourse in this lockout. So we patiently wait.
5) Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes the agents of NBA players are fearing the new deal will strip them -- and the players -- of all their power to decide where to play and how much they can make.
6) The probably not going to happen season preview hosted by Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog is complete. Read up on all 30 teams. We will keep moving on with the Never-Ending NBA Preview.
7) Although officials say it is not related to the lockout, the city of Orlando let go about 70 part-time workers at Amway Center and shifting their work to private firms, Jeff Weiner of the Orlando Sentinel reports.