November 15, 2011 / 7:01 AM / 6 years ago

Pro basketball players to sue league: lawyer

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Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Russell Westbrook (L) the Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (C) and the Dallas Mavericks Jason Terry (R) look on during a news conference announcing the players rejection of the league's latest offer on Monday and the process to begin disbanding the union in New York November 14, 2011.Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - The National Basketball Players Association is planning to file a lawsuit against the league on Tuesday for antitrust violations, according to a lawyer for the association.

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The players association this week said it would no longer continue in collective bargaining and will become a trade association in order to pursue legal action against the National Basketball Association, with the entire 2011-12 season hanging in the balance.

The NBA has already canceled the first month of a regular season that was scheduled to begin two weeks ago.

The players' lawyer, David Boies, announced the impending lawsuit in a press conference on Tuesday.

Reporting by Dan Levine; editing by Jackie Frank

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