NBA Lockout: Leon Rose, Agent For LeBron James and Chris Paul, Reportedly Supports Decertification

In the ongoing NBA lockout -- 79 days and counting -- this past week was one of disunity, as owners reportedly quarreled over whether to stick with their demands for a hard salary cap and player agents renewed their push for decertification. The latter battle has apparently picked up a major ally, as SI.com's Sam Amick reports that Leon Rose, who represents LeBron James, Chris Paul and a number of other stars as the top agent with CAA, is in favor of decertification of the players' union.

Five agents, including the high-profile Arn Tellem, reportedly discussed pushing for decertification without cooperation from union leadership this week. National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher sent a letter to players before Thursday's meeting in Las Vegas reinforcing unity and pointing out that the agents so dissatisfied with the strategy employed by Fisher and NBPA director Billy Hunter haven't discussed the issues with the leadership itself.

Rose hasn't gone public with his support of decertification; the issue may be moot if an expected National Labor Relations Board decision comes soon, as that could dictate the legal path forward.

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