Mark Cuban fined for comments about LeBron

Per ESPNDallas…

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 Saturday for his recent comments about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

Cuban confirmed the fine through his Twitter account shortly before the league announced its punishment for Cuban’s remarks which violated the league’s anti-tampering rules.

“For those of you who care about these things, NBA just fined me 100k for comments regarding another teams’ players,” Cuban wrote.

What’s funny is when he was asked if this was tampering, Cuban replied via email, “not even close.”

What exactly did he say about LeBron?

“Come July 1st, yeah, of course, anybody would be interested in LeBron James,” Cuban said in the interview. “And if he leaves via free agency, then it’s going to be tough. If he does like I’m guessing, hoping he will, which is say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,’ if he decides to leave — there’s still a better chance he stays — then he’ll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance.”

The NBA’s maximum fine is $5 million and the league can prohibit a team from pursuing a free agent if it is justified. So this is basically a slap on the wrist.

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