* "It’s moved to a very good place," one source briefed on Thursday’s 7½-hour bargaining session told Yahoo! Sports. "There’s a strong expectation [within the negotiations] that hands will shake [Friday]."
* "I think we’re within reach – and within striking distance of getting a deal," Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said. "It’s just how receptive the NBA is, and whether they want to do a deal."
NBA commissioner David Stern declared it will be a "failure" for the league’s owners and players if a new labor agreement isn’t finished within the next few days.