NEW YORK (AP) _ Representatives for the NBA and the players union gave closing arguments Wednesday to complete an arbitration hearing that probably will affect talks to settle the lockout.

Arbitrator John Feerick will rule no later than Oct. 18 on the union's grievance that players with guaranteed contracts should be paid during the lockout.

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler gave closing arguments for the players, while NBA chief legal officer Jeffrey Mishkin and outside counsel Howard Ganz spoke for the owners.

Both sides must submit written briefs by Sept. 18. After the briefs are filed, Feerick has 30 days to issue a decision.

The lockout is in its third month, with the sides having just one bargaining session during that span.