As NBA players prepare to make a decision on union chief Billy Hunter's future at All-Star weekend, several influential agents already are privately discussing longtime sports union leader Don Fehr as a possible successor, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Fehr is currently the executive director of the NHL Players Association and the agents who want to hire him have enough juice to sway a significant portion of the union membership.
Fehr declined comment when reached and a person familiar with his thinking said that the hockey union chief is happy in his job and "has no plans to leave his position." However, sources say his deal gives either side the option to terminate it with 60 days notice.
"He is somebody who would be formidable," an agent said of Fehr, who would be charged with hammering out the next CBA before July of 2017. "He would go tooth-and-nail on everything."
In his column for NBA.com, David Aldridge suggested that sports attorney David Cornwell, longtime NFLPA general counsel Dick Berthelsen, and Wizards director of player development Ed Tapscott should be considered as possible replacements for Hunter.