Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been elected first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, according to sources.
James will work alongside friend and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who was elected president of the NBPA last year.
Free agent Roger Mason Jr. had been serving as first vice president.
James had considered running to be the president of the union in 2013 but yielded when Paul announced his candidacy.
While this is the first formal leadership role James has served with the union, he has been involved in the players’ plight. He sat in on some negotiations with the league during the 2011 lockout and has also spoken out about his feelings on how the max contract is unfair to him and other star players.
To that end, James signed a one-year deal last summer to return to the Cavs with a player option to ensure he could be a free agent in 2016 when new television revenue is expected to land.
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