NBA owners and players are meeting again, this time with their full bargaining committees as the negotiations to end the league's lockout reach an important stage.

With less than three weeks until training camps would open, the sides know progress must be made soon to avoid having to make cancelations later this month. Both have said there is still time to reach a new labor deal that would keep the 2011-12 calendar intact.

After three meetings in the last two weeks between small groups, the owners' labor relations committee and the union's executive committee rejoined the talks Tuesday for the first time since late June, before the work stoppage began on July 1.

The sides will update their memberships on the state of the negotiations Thursday.