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Melo ‘skeptical’ new NBA CBA done by Thursday

LOS ANGELES — After months of optimism on both sides, Carmelo Anthony now says he's "skeptical" that the NBA Players Association and owners will be be able reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement before Thursday's deadline for the players to opt-out of the current CBA.

"I'm skeptical of something getting done," Anthony, who is the vice president of the NBPA told ESPN after the New York Knicks practiced Saturday in Los Angeles. "Do I think something could happen by the 15th? Yeah I think something could happen. But I think this kind of put a dent in conversations.

"We had something so close. We were supposed to have a deal done weeks ago, and for this to happen at the 25th hour is tough."

Anthony declined to go into the specifics of the late snag in collective bargaining talks, but reiterated that "as players, we want to get a deal done."

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