LeBron James misses practice to give deposition in Billy Hunter lawsuit
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James missed Cavaliers practice on Tuesday to give a deposition in a lawsuit involving former player’s union executive Billy Hunter.
James, who serves as vice president in the union, was one of several players deposed. Hunter sued the union for wrongful termination and is seeking $10.5 million in salary and benefits. He claims he was undermined by the union during the 2011 lockout.
Hunter was fired during the 2013 All-Star Break. A court ruled in 2014 that the union was within its rights to dismiss Hunter.
James was elected to his union position in 2015. Cavaliers forward James Jones was also deposed in the lawsuit.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he believed James’ deposition was held in Northeast Ohio. Lue said James will return to the team and start on Wednesday, when the Cavs host Portland.
The defending NBA champion Cavs lead the Eastern Conference with a 10-2 record.