Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets fined for tampering – Report

Three NBA teams — including the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets — have been fined for tampering, reports USA Today.

A Hawks employee apparently spread a “rumor” about Dwight Howard and Chris Paul possibly joining the team. But who was the third team involved? I hope it wasn’t the Lakers. 🙁


This employee issued a letter to Hawks’ season ticket-holders, mentioning Dwight Howard and Chris Paul as potential signees.

I actually agree with this fine. Employees shouldn’t be issuing ANY statements to the media and press. The only people that should be issuing OFFICIAL statements are the General Managers and the owners of the NBA teams.

Even if the rumor is true, this employee should NOT be spreading a rumor of that sort. The NBA is an extremely strict business, especially when it’s run by commissioner David Stern.

The Houston Rockets have also been issued a fine, reports ESPN. I wonder who the third team was??

Here’s the official definition of “tampering”:

“Article 35A of the NBA Constitution states that it’s a violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule for any person affiliated with an NBA team to directly or indirectly (i) entice, induce, or persuade, or attempt to entice, induce or persuade, any player, coach, GM or other person under contract to any other NBA team to enter into negotiations for or relating to that person’s services or to negotiate or contract for such services, or (ii) otherwise interfere with the employment relationship between that employee and the other NBA team.”

The Constitution also says that potential penalties for tampering include suspension of the offending person, prohibition of the offending team from hiring the person being tampered with, forfeiture of draft picks, and individual and/or team fines of up to $5 million.

Source: USA Today / ESPN

Atlanta Hawks and two other NBA teams fined for tampering - Report

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