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NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith to Speak at NBA Players' Union Meeting Thursday

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According to a source close to union president Derek Fisher, NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith is expected to address a group of about 70 players in Las Vegas on Thursday morning. It's a creative and well-timed wrinkle that came as a result of Fisher's invite, with the NFL's equivalent to National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter sure to relieve some of the tension in the room. Phoenix Suns player representative Jared Dudley indicated on Wednesday that the players had offered to lower their portion of basketball-related income from the previous 57 percent to approximately 53 percent. "If 52 or 51 gets the deal done," Dudley added, "I'm almost positive we'd do that. But the [owners] are trying to go in the 40s. We're not willing to go 40s." Via RealGM and SI.com

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