He had only a two-month consulting arrangement with the team, according to sources — a deal that supposedly expired on July 31.
"The rumblings coming out of both the players side and owners side are suggesting there is a deal," said Checketts.
"I think this is heading in a positive light. This certainly could and has already in this negotiation over time, crashed into a wall. I get a different feeling about this. I think both sides have come together and are trying very hard to iron out the details and come out unified."
Checketts expects positive news to emerge on Thursday evening.
"I’ve received a couple of phone calls from friends who are very close to the process that say ‘we have a deal and it’s a matter of having everything straightened out."
I’d be totally shocked if Checketts commented publicly on the lockout while still working for an NBA team. Executive-types like him would be last on my list of NBA employees most likely to risk a $1 million fine for talking about the lockout.
By the way, a deal too end the lockout appears far from imminent, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. So, Checketts isn’t a Piston, and he isn’t right.