HoopsHype NBPA rumors

July 28, 2014 Updates

Hours from NBA players voting for a new union executive director, the National Basketball Players Association's executive committee had a strong message to deliver. The search to replace Billy Hunter, who has fired during All-Star weekend in Houston in 2013, was thorough, according to NBPA secretary-treasurer James Jones "The search process was extremely efficient, extremely thorough and timely," Jones told USA TODAY Sports. "Not only did we have an expanded search committee input and involvement, we had had the opportunity for our players to engage in the interviews with a high-level of focus. USA Today Sports

Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery is among three finalists to become the next executive director of the National Basketball Association players' union, two people with direct knowledge of the process said. Ussery, a former president of Nike Sports Management and commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association, didn't return an e-mail seeking comment. Garfield didn't return a message left at his office over the weekend, while Roberts declined to comment. Oregonian

Michele Roberts, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is among three finalists to become the next executive director of the National Basketball Association players’ union, two people with direct knowledge of the process said. The other two contenders are Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Terdema Ussery and Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a Washington-based advocacy group for technology companies, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because the process is private. Ron Klempner, the association’s acting executive director, declined to comment. Bloomberg

July 26, 2014 Updates

Advisory search committee chairman Kevin Johnson lost a power struggle with the National Basketball Players Association executive committee and will be absent on Monday when a new executive director is elected in Las Vegas, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The three candidates are Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery, Washington D.C. attorney Michele Johnson and Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, sources told Yahoo Sports. Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento and a former Phoenix Suns guard, had wanted to play a larger controlling role in the Monday meetings to present three finalists for the job, and executive committee members balked at the idea, citing U.S. Department of Labor regulations and NBPA bylaws, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

July 25, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources had told Yahoo Sports in past 48 hours that are four finalists in process for new the NBPA executive director. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

July 22, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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