By Eric Pincus
6:00 AM PDT, August 22, 2013
Lakers guard Steve Blake has been named as a vice president on the National Basketball Players Assn. Executive Committee.
Meeting in Las Vegas, the union voted Clippers all-star Chris Paul as president, replacing Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose term expired.
Free agent Roger Mason was named first vice president. Blake joins Anthony Tolliver of the Charlotte Bobcats as the two new vice presidents.
Fisher was president through the 2011 NBA lockout. Both the players and the owners can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season -- making 2017 the next possibility for a lockout.
In the meantime, the NBPA is still looking to replace former executive director Billy Hunter.
When healthy, Blake averaged 7.3 points a game while shooting 42.1% from three-point range -- but he missed 37 regular-season games to injury.
Blake is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers, at $4 million for the 2013-14 season.
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