Sources: Agreement near on Dec. 22 NBA start

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The NBA’s board of governors and players’ association will hold separate meetings on Thursday expected to culminate with an agreement on starting the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22 and playing a reduced 72-game schedule, sources told ESPN.

The National Basketball Players Association is planning to take a formal vote of the team player representatives late Thursday, and sources told ESPN that everything is progressing toward an agreement on a pre-Christmas start to the season. The NBPA is holding team conference calls this week, including several on Wednesday, that detail discussions with the league on a salary escrow for players in the range of 18% for the next two years, sources told ESPN.

Sources say the team representatives are expected to approve the agreement.

The league and players are still negotiating that escrow figure, sources said.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the board of governors are awaiting a formal acceptance on the Dec. 22 date, and both sides expect that’ll happen this week, sources said.

Organizations and players are proceeding with the urgency of a quick turnaround to the start of the season, including the Nov. 18 NBA draft, free

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