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NBA Roundup: Hunter out as players' rep, Garnett vows no trade

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The NBA players union voted to oust Billy Hunter as its executive director, several media outlets reported Saturday. The decision was made by a group of player representatives in Houston during All-Star Weekend.

Hunter's lawyers said he has not been given due process as he was not invited to the players' meeting.

Last month, an independent audit questioned Hunter's business and hiring practices, accusing him of nepotism and abusing union resources for personal gain. It concluded that Hunter placed personal interests ahead of the union, but found no criminal wrongdoing.

Even so, the US Attorney's Office, US Department of Labor and the New York Attorney General are all probing Hunter, who has been the union's executive director since July 1996.

In other NBA news:

* Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said there is no circumstance that would lead him to drop his no-trade. Garnett's name recently surfaced in a rumored deal that would send him to the Los Angeles Clippers for center DeAndre Jordan and guard Eric Bledsoe. But Garnett said he will remain a Celtic for the rest of his career. "If it's up to me, I'm going to live and die (Celtic) green all day," Garnett said.

* USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is injured because he was out of shape last summer for the Olympics, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Williams will miss Sunday's All-Star game with inflammation in both ankles. He said the swelling started when he was in London for the Games and did not allow enough time to rest before the season. He received platelet-rich plasma injections this week and is expected to return to practice on Monday. He has also dealt with thigh, wrist and shoulder injuries, but has only missed three games, including the last two games prior to the All-Star break.

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