The NBA Players Association wants the league to ban James Harden and Dwight Howard from the league for two seasons for domestic violence charges, as well as for their role in the league’s controversial suspension of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already made his position on the suspensions clear, saying he believes Harden and Howard were not the only players to be punished.
“I think we have a lot of good players in the NBA,” Silver said.
“I think our players should have the right to do what they want to do.
I think it’s their choice and I think we’ve been clear on that.
I’ve said it from the very beginning, that there is no reason for anyone to be suspended from the game.”
“This has been an ongoing saga that has been going on for a very long time,” he added.
It is unclear if the NBA will suspend the two players indefinitely.
The league has been accused of covering up its domestic violence policies, and the suspension of Durant and Harden could add fuel to those allegations.
NBA players are forbidden from participating in the 2015-16 regular season, the NBA All-Star Game, the NCAA Tournament, and NBA All Draft.
Harden and Howard have been suspended for the first two games of the regular season and the final two games for their roles in the Oklahoma City suspension.
Silver said the league would take the allegations seriously, and that it will not be able to allow the players to play in the playoffs until it has addressed its domestic abuse policy.
Sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley that the league was considering whether to suspend the players for a minimum of two years, though it is unclear what the exact duration of the suspensions would be.
This is the latest in a series of legal battles over domestic violence in the US and abroad.
Earlier this year, US District Judge Jed Rakoff suspended the suspensions of several NBA players and said the players should not be allowed to return to the league until the suspension was lifted.
Last month, former NBA player LaMarcus Aldridge was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for assaulting his wife and the woman’s children in California.
There are currently around 50 active and former NBA players on probation for domestic abuse.
In March, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that prosecutors have been pursuing charges against at least 17 NBA players for domestic crimes.
A report in March found that at least eight former NBA and NFL players had been charged with assault.
At least 10 of the former players have pleaded not guilty.