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Fiction. But not in regards to Derek Fisher.
Fisher has done all that he could, it seems. Unfortunately, however, Billy Hunter has to be by his side.
I just don't trust Hunter. I've never gotten a good vibe when hearing him speak. He seemed to have a slightly bigger say than Fisher, which I think has hurt this process for the players.
For a guy who went through a very similar situation 13 years ago, he does not seem to possess the savvy of someone with that experience.
There are awful rumors about Hunter and how he is really handling all this. They say that he knows the players won't get the deal that they want from the owners, so he's stretching these negotiations out so it doesn't look like he's up. This way he gets to keep his job. I wouldn't be surprised if that is indeed the case.
When Isiah Thomas is angling for your job, you can't be too good at it.