Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the National Basketball Players Association has placed executive director Billy Hunter on indefinite leave.
"Hunter was informed of the decision on Friday morning, and it is the first step in a process led by NBPA president Derek Fisher to have Hunter removed as executive director, sources told Yahoo! Sports, " Wojo wrote. "Union general counsel Ron Klempner has taken over as interim executive director."
Fisher sent the following memo to players on Friday morning: "Unfortunately, it appears that Union management has lost sight of the NBPA’s only task, to serve the best interests of their membership. This is the reason I called for a review almost a year ago. The findings of that review confirm this unfortunate truth and we must now move forward as Players. Immediate change is necessary and I, along with the Committee Members, are committed to driving the process as difficult as it may be."
The next step in their plan is for Fisher to lead new interim executive committee and advisory committee whose goal will be to reorganize the union. They are expected to meet during the All-Star break. The writing has been on the wall for Hunter ever since he and Fisher were at odds during the lockout. A recent negative internal review and a pending U.S. Attorney's office criminal investigation seems to have turned the tables on Hunter, who appears to be on his way out.