Clippers fined $250,000 for violating NBA rules

Los Angeles side penalised for violating the 'anti-circumvention rules' in dealing with DeAndre Jordan.

    Jordan backed out of a verbal commitment with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers on July [AP]
    Jordan backed out of a verbal commitment with the Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers on July [AP]

    The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 by the National Basketball Association for violating its rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorised business or investment opportunities.

    According to the NBA, the violation involved a presentation made by the Clippers to free agent DeAndre Jordan on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the player.

    "While the NBA's investigation ultimately concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on Jordan's decision to re-sign with the Clippers, the team's conduct nevertheless violated the league's anti-circumvention rules," the NBA said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Those rules prohibit teams from providing or arranging for others "to provide any form of compensation to a player unless such compensation is included in a player contract or otherwise expressly permitted under the CBA", the NBA said.

    Free agent centre Jordan, the NBA's rebounding leader for the past two seasons, backed out of a verbal commitment he made to the Dallas Mavericks earlier this year to re-sign with the Clippers on July 8 on a four-year deal worth $87.6m.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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