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The L.A. Clippers weren’t the most liked team in this years free agency due to the way they handled the DeAndre Jordan situation, but they could care less because at the end of the day they won big by getting their big man back from Dallas last minute.
However, it cost them some money as well. The Clippers broke some league rules during their free agency pitch to Jordan and they have been fined $250,000 because of it.
This likely doesn’t affect them one bit and Jordan is obviously well worth the fine. Via NBA.com:
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’s anti-circumvention rules prohibit teams from, among other things, 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.