According to J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic players have reached a consensus about the fate of Billy Hunter, the embattled executive director of the NBA players union.
“I think most everyone in the NBA has reached the same conclusion,” Redick said, “and that’s that we need some change.”
NBA players are expected to meet in Houston during All-Star weekend to determine Hunter’s future with the union.
Hunter, who has headed the union since 1996, was placed on a leave of absence on Feb. 1 by the union’s executive committee.
In an audit of union business practices, an independent law firm concluded that Hunter, while doing nothing illegal, hired family members, used more than $100,000 of union funds to give gifts to executive committee members, used $80,000 of union funds to evaluate an investment in a banking firm that had ties to his son and finalized a contract extension for himself that wasn’t properly approved.
Hunter defended his record in an interview last week with The New York Times.
Redick is the Magic players’ acting representative to the union.
His agent, Arn Tellem, one of the sport’s most powerful agents, has called for Hunter’s ouster.
Redick initially planned to attend the meeting in Houston, but it’s possible that Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson, who already will be in Houston to play in Friday night’s rookie-sophomore game, will represent the team.
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