Report: NBA owners, players talking again

President of the NBA Players Association Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks as New York...

President of the NBA Players Association Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks as New York Knicks Chauncy Billups (L) looks down during a news conference announcing the players' rejection of the league's latest offer on Monday and the process to begin disbanding the union in New York November 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - The NBA may not want to play the Grinch this holiday season after all.

With an eye on salvaging the league's high profile Christmas Day games, the NBA's owners and players have reportedly gone back to the bargaining table, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

"NBA and players resumed talks on Tuesday to try and end the lockout before the cancellation of Christmas games, two sources told Y! Sports," Wojnarowski Tweeted.

The news comes just two days after the players combined a pair of antitrust lawsuits against the NBA in two different states into the same court in Minnesota.

A suit filed last week in the Northern District of California, which included Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups among its plaintiffs, was discontinued without prejudice on Monday, according to court records.

Those players and several others were added to the lawsuit filed last week in a Minneapolis court, which included Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Anthony Tolliver and would-be rookie Derrick Williams as plaintiffs.

Players are accusing the NBA and its teams of conducting an unlawful lockout and price-fixing arrangement.

Any talks now would have to be settlement negotiations to end the players' antitrust suit, meaning the ongoing talks are between the league and the attorneys for the players.

The NBPA filed a disclaimer of interest, disbanding as a union back on November 14 after rejecting the owners' latest offer and is now acting as a trade association.


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