ESPN Insider reporting - Ken Berger of CBS Sports cited a source briefed on the talks that said the sides are "inching closer to a deal." Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports also added this via Twitter: "Two sources -- one on ownership side, one union -- with direct knowledge of latest proposals are encouraged with movement on both sides." ESPN's The Magazine's Chris Broussard added: "In talks with sources, there is a bit of optimism about talks. Nothing definitive but hope is in the air." NBA.com reports - The NBA has reportedly backed off its demand of a 50/50 split of BRI to continue labor talks Chris_Broussard's latest tweet Source close to negotiations tells me sides "definitely making progress."