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Monday, February 4, 2013
Report: Agents want Donald Fehr

ESPN.com news services

Longtime sports union leader Donald Fehr is the choice of several NBA agents to replace Billy Hunter as the leader of the National Basketball Players Association, according to CBSSports.com.

Fehr currently serves as the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, and previously served as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

According to the report, Fehr declined to comment because the embattled Hunter is still in place as the NBPA executive director, despite being placed on indefinite leave of absence Friday by an interim executive committee organized by union president Derek Fisher.

The committee was formed "to move the organization forward" in the wake of a damaging report by the independent firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which was hired to look into the union's business practices under Hunter's leadership.

Hunter has headed the union since 1996. The review was sought in part by Fisher, who clashed with Hunter during and after the NBA lockout that lasted from July 2011 to November 2011.

Agents were angry with Hunter's strategies, though he has remained popular and respected by many players.

Because Hunter's contract -- worth $3 million a year, signed in 2010 and was to run through either 2015 or 2017 -- was never properly approved, the report found that players were under no obligation to keep him.

Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein and The Associated Press was used in this report.