While decertification may look like an increasing possibility in the wake of NBA lockout talks breaking off on Tuesday, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski cites two agencies who think that, right now, the supporters of the move don't have the votes necessary to dissolve the players' union.
Several high-powered agents have pushed for decertification of the union throughout the lockout, with calls for the move intensifying as the league's stoppage has careened toward the regular season. Those agents need just 30 percent of players to sign a petition to get decertification up for a union vote, but then need a simple majority to officially dissolve the union. Doing so would clear the way for antitrust litigation. The league has threatened to void all player contracts if the union successfully decertifies.
The agents told Woj that right now, they don't have the 50 percent needed. In fact, on Monday, NBA.com's David Aldridge reported that LeBron James and other stars who attended weekend lockout sessions told union leadership that they did not support decertification right now.
We'll see if the mood changes and whether agents decide to push further.