The National Basketball Players Association has denied an online report indicating that Stu Jackson, Isiah Thomas, Steve Mills and Fred Whitfield have become the four finalists to replace Billy Hunter as executive director.

"That couldn't be further from the truth," a union source said Sunday night. "There's been no process where there have been any candidates vetted, much less those four. I don't think there's been any process or any decision. That's completely fictional."

Jerry Stackhouse, the union's first vice president, also denied the report.

"The process is moving," he said. "But we haven't narrowed anything down to any four candidates. These are some of the names that are popping up out there more than others, and we recognize that. But the process of getting a search firm hasn't even been completed yet. We are looking at two search firms. The HR piece is huge for us, getting to the league what we thought needed to change."