October 30, 2020, 1:03 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Marc Stein is reporting that players may only be offered a 50-game season if they insist on a mid-January start rather than the December 22 start that's being pushed by the owners.
The owners want as many games as possible so they can make money off broadcasts, while an earlier start would also help them dodge the Summer Olympics. Some players, predictably, do not want to pick things up again so soon after what will basically amount to a two-month offseason under the December plan, especially with the draft, free agency and training camps so condensed on that schedule. Expect more negotiations-through-media as we go, with resolution hopefully coming soon one way or the other.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter