HoopsHype Derek Fisher rumors

July 4, 2013 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association, Derek Fisher and Jamie Wior on Tuesday filed motions to dismiss former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter's lawsuit against them in Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. Citing a California statute known as anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation), attorneys for the NBPA, Fisher and Wior, who is Fisher's business manager, said Hunter's suit has no merit and should be dismissed. USA Today Sports

July 3, 2013 Updates

The gall of former NBA players union head Billy Hunter is impressive. For those not following along, Hunter filed his suit against Derek Fisher, his business manager and the NBAPA in Alameda County, CA, citing that it was the appropriate venue because he did most of his business there. This, despite the fact that the NBAPA offices are in Manhattan's Harlem and Hunter had a townhome within walking distance. The reason, seemingly, for preferring the Bay Area, other than he maintains a second home there: he cut his teeth as a prosecuting attorney in Northern California and remains friendly with at least one of its judges, e-mails discovered by the NBAPA show. It is standard practice to forum-shop and find a sympathetic court but for Hunter, whose extensive vacation time was one of many reasons the NBAPA forced his ouster, it is particularly brazen to suggest he did the bulk of his work 3,000 miles away from the union's HQ. Sulia

July 2, 2013 Updates
June 17, 2013 Updates

Attorneys for Derek Fisher and his assistant filed a motion for a change of venue Monday in the lawsuit filed against them by Billy Hunter, the former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Among other things, the motion presented evidence of an alleged conflict of interest between Hunter and the presiding judge in the Oakland, Calif., court where the lawsuit was filed. CBSSports.com

June 5, 2013 Updates

Jones, 34, says 65 players have signed up thus far, with hopes of getting the entire league involved. He's also hopeful that he'll get the NBA Player's Association on board, having met with Vice President and Secretary- Treasurer of the Player's Association Jerry Stackhouse and James Jones. Stackhouse and James Jones were impressed with Jones' website and presentation and are backing it with plans to present it to President Derek Fisher. Jones is confident that Player Population will eliminate misinterpretation of vital and key information that come out of player meetings. CSNNW.com

June 3, 2013 Updates
May 27, 2013 Updates

With the playoffs going on, Billy Hunter was reluctant to file the lawsuit, but felt his reputation and ability to do business had been damaged by his ouster, according to a source. Hunter does not want to be reinstated as executive director, according to the source; the union has yet to pick his successor. Hunter claims in his lawsuit that Derek Fisher "actively manipulated" the Paul, Weiss report by making false statements to the firm's attorneys, including, in the Hunter lawsuit's wording, the charge "that Hunter had tried to bribe him to secure Fisher's support during the 2011 collective bargaining negotiations." NBA.com

May 17, 2013 Updates
May 16, 2013 Updates

Embattled former National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter filed a lawsuit against the NBPA, NBPA President Derek Fisher and Fisher's publicist and business partner, Jamie Wior, seeking compensation and punitive damages. "The suit cites several instances in which Fisher, Wior and certain players undermined Hunter's efforts to win an agreement that would benefit a broad range of NBA players, breaching terms of his employment and interfering with his ability to do his job as Executive Director," a news release said. "Once the (2011) lockout ended with an agreement in line with the owners' demands, Fisher and Wior waged a campaign to terminate his employment without cause and in violation of his contract." USA Today Sports

NBA players relieved Hunter, who had been under pressure for hiring practices and financial deals with his son's investment firm, of his duties during All-Star weekend Feb. 16 in Houston. "It's unfortunate that I must take this action against an organization where I had the privilege of working with many dedicated associates over 17 years," Hunter said in a statement. "I'm proud of our record of achievement on behalf of players during my tenure as Executive Director and will continue to stand up for their interests. But I cannot let stand attacks on my character or accept what has been done." USA Today Sports

Hunter's lawsuit alleges Fisher "actively manipulated the investigation" by the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison "by making false statements impugning Hunter's character." Hunter questions the validity of his termination "for cause" in the lawsuit because the reasons for his termination were not specified in the letter. He also uses Fisher's authority to sign his termination letter as proof Fisher also had the authority to sign Hunter to the contract in the first place. Fisher's signature also was on Hunter's 2010 employment contract, which the Paul- Weiss firm concluded in its report based on a nine-month investigation was not valid. CBSSports.com

Billy Hunter sued the National Basketball Players Association and president Derek Fisher on Thursday for defamation and breach of contract stemming from his dismissal as the union's executive director. The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Oakland, alleges that Fisher and his publicist, Jamie Wior, conspired to negotiate a secret deal to end the 2011 lockout and that their actions amounted to a breach of Hunter's employment contract with the NBPA. CBSSports.com

"Once the lockout ended with an agreement in line with the owners' demands, Fisher and Wior waged a campaign to terminate his employment without cause and in violation of his contract," the lawsuit alleges, according to a press release from Hunter's attorneys. Hunter is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages based on his termination, at the time of which he was owed $10.5 million in salary through 2015. CBSSports.com

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