Union objects to proposed minor league

Updated: April 2, 2004, 1:30 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
David Stern might believe the NBA Players Association wants the NBDL to expand into a full-fledged minor league system, but union head Billy Hunter said that's a bad idea.

"We would be adamantly opposed to any alignment with the NBDL that impacts NBA players," Hunter said in a statement released in response to Insider's interview with Stern. "Especially a system that would give teams the power to transfer NBA players to NBDL rosters."

The union began formulating an official response Wednesday evening, shortly after Stern spoke with Insider about the state of international basketball, the growing tide of teenagers (from the U.S. and abroad) flooding the NBA and the steps the league was taking to address the issues.

In the interview, Stern told Insider the league intends to collectively bargain with the union to expand the NBDL in an effort to create a true NBA minor league system.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer