NBPA To Debrief Player Representatives

With a Wednesday deadline looming to accept the league’s latest labor proposal, NBA Players Association officials have summoned the player representatives from all 30 teams to New York for a mandatory meeting Tuesday to update them on negotiations, according to sources with knowledge of the union’s plans.

But NBPA sources reiterated Sunday that the executive board remains unwilling to present that offer to the union’s estimated 450 members for a vote and plans to make that stance clear to team player reps at the meeting.

Sources told ESPN.com that union leaders have not budged from the view that the NBA’s offer is “unacceptable,” just as NBPA president Derek Fisher described it in the wee hours of Sunday morning once Saturday’s marathon bargaining session finally ended.

On Monday, meanwhile, sources say that the players and agents backing the decertification of the union have scheduled another conference call to follow the two conference calls — each with at least 50 players dialed in — that took place last week.

One source close to the process said Sunday that the leaders of the decertification movement, with Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce most notably among them, ambitiously hope they can ultimately secure as many as 200 signatures on a petition that would be filed with the National Labor Relations Board to call for a formal decertification vote. An actual vote would not take place for up to 45 days after the petition is filed, while the NLRB verifies the request, but only 30 percent of the league’s active work force — an estimated 130 players — is needed to satisfy petition requirements.

Source: ESPN