Billy Hunter's contract never approved by NBPA reps, according to report

Patrick McDermott

The embattled head of the Players Association may be in jeopardy of losing his job.

Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBPA, may be dealing with the biggest threat to his job since he took over in 1996.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Hunter never actually got the approval of the NBPA's player representatives for his latest contract extension, a five-year deal worth $15 million that he signed in 2010.

If the report is correct, Hunter would have violated the NBPA constitution, seriously jeopardizing his status as one of the most powerful men in the sport.

There has been widespread dissatisfaction throughout the union with the manner in which Hunter handled negotiations with David Stern and the NBA's owners during the last lockout, while his business practices with union finances, particularly in connection to members of his immediate family, have been under the microscope as well.

Hunter has so far been able to resist any attempts at his ouster, but it remains to be seen what the NBA rank and file will make of this latest development.

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