NBA fines Cuban for tampering

Published 10:44 pm Saturday, May 22, 2010

NEW YORK — The NBA won’t tolerate its teams talking about prospective free agents yet.

The league fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 Saturday for comments made about free-agent-to-be LeBron James that violated the league’s anti-tampering rules.

Phoenix Suns president Steve Kerr also was fined $10,000 for comments he made in a radio interview.

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Teams are not allowed to talk about another team’s players until July 1, when free agency opens. Commissioner David Stern said recently that his clubs had done well following the rules, even as fans and the media continue to speculate about what James and fellow free agents in summer’s class might do.