The NBA Player's Association is in need a new president, and the league's top player has indicated he won't run for the position. However, while LeBron James is no longer a candidate, one of the union's current vice presidents will be in the mix. Roger Mason Jr. announced today on his Twitter account that he'll officially be running for NBPA president.
Jerry Stackhouse, who is the NBPA's first vice president, has assumed a vocal leadership role in recent weeks, though he has yet to suggest he'll run for the president position himself. Players like Matt Bonner, James Jones, Chris Paul, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, and Stephen Curry are also high-ranking members of the union, any of whom could decide to make a run at Derek Fisher's former position. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com wrote earlier this week that LeBron may throw his support behind Jones if his Heat teammate is a candidate for the opening.
With Fisher's term having expired this summer and former executive director Billy Hunter ousted earlier this year, the NBPA is seeking a new executive director as well as a new president. By the time Adam Silver takes over for David Stern as the NBA's commissioner next February, there could be new leaders in top positions at both the league and the player's union, which will make future negotiations interesting.