So guys: Don't mess this up. The biggest fear is that some hardline owners could still gum up the works. As Heny Abbott eloquently stated on TrueHoop:
For the owners, however ... it's impossible to see how any of these issues would be worth anything like the cost of a missed season, especially when the players are willing to pay for these concessions with even more cold hard cash. And at some point, for the owners, the question becomes: If you don't enjoy and greatly value seeing people play basketball, why on Earth are you in this business?
Exactly. We've been optimistic for the past 24 hours that a deal would rise out of today. We remain that way, as long as nobody messes it up.