NBA, union hold preliminary collective bargaining meeting

NEW YORK (AP) Representatives of the NBA and NBA Players Association have met to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement, about a year before either side could signal its desire to opt out of it.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, and representatives of their staffs took part in Tuesday's meeting, according to a joint release. The sides said it was a preliminary meeting that included ''constructive dialogue'' and they agreed to continue their discussions.

The CBA runs through June 30, 2021, but either side could opt out on June 30, 2017. To do so, it would have to notify the other side of its intent by Dec. 15, 2016.

With salaries skyrocketing and loads of money coming into the system next season with the new national TV deals, there has been hope that a work stoppage could be avoided. The current CBA was ratified after a lockout that limited the 2011-12 season to 66 games.