Adrian Wojnarowski

  • NBA players' union elects attorney Michele Roberts as executive director

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports3 hrs ago

    The National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts, a prominent Washington civil litigator, as its executive director.

    Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is the first woman to lead a major North American sports league union.

    Roberts was the recommendation of NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee, winning with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives, sources said.

    Roberts won over the players with a strong background as a civil criminal litigator and an unblemished character. She'll be replacing the deposed Billy Hunter, whose tenure was marked with labor negotiation failures, corruption and ethical entanglements.

    The players passed on a career NBA executive with strong ties with the league office, Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery.

    "I liked her labor law experience," one player representative told Yahoo Sports in a text message. "That was a priority for me."

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  • Source: Emmanuel Mudiay agrees to $1.2 million deal to play in China

    Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports6 days ago

    Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with Guangdong of the China Basketball Association, the richest overseas contract ever for a high school player, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Mudiay, 19, had been faced with eligibility issues for his freshman season at Southern Methodist University under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and made the decision to play in China before becoming eligible for the 2015 NBA draft. [Related:  Will Mudiay's move start a trend?]

    Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard, is considered a lottery pick in the Class of 2015. With the Chinese season ending in March, Mudiay's plan will be to return to the United States and use the remaining few months to prepare for the 2015 draft in June, a source said. Mudiay has also taken out insurance policies to protect him in China against injury that could impact his future earnings, a source said.

    Guangdong is an elite Chinese team that won 30 of 34 games in the CBA last season. The roster included former NBA lottery pick Yi Jianlian and ex-NBA guard Royal Ivey.

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