02/04/2013 22:28 EST | Updated 04/06/2013 05:12 EDT

NBA agents want NHLPA's Donald Fehr: report

After headlining a 113-day long lockout battle against the National Hockey League in 2012, NHL players' association executive director Donald Fehr could be grabbing centre stage again. reported Monday that several NBA agents are interested in Fehr as the frontrunner to replace current National Basketball Players’ Association executive director Billy Hunter.

Fehr, who served as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association for more than 20 years before joining the NHLPA in 2010, has the ideal profile to lead the NBPA.

"He is somebody who would be formidable," an agent said. "He would go tooth-and-nail on everything."

According to the report, the 64-year-old union leader declined to comment on the matter.

The search for a new director comes after Hunter was placed on indefinite leave of absence Friday by an interim executive committee led by union president Derek Fisher.

The former point guard had multiple confrontations with Hunter during the NBA lockout in 2011.

Hunter has guided the NBPA since 1996 and is respected by the players. However, the 70-year-old executive is not as popular among agents.