Clippers’ wings were clipped by the League following its successful off-season ventures.
NBA on Tuesday imposed a fine of $250,000 on Los Angeles Clippers for violating rules while re-signing DeAndre Jordan during free agency. League’s own investigation found the Clippers guilty of violating anti-circumvention rule.
The League clarified its stance on Tuesday by saying that the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity.
Teams arranging for “others” or third parties for compensating players is strictly prohibited by league rules unless it is included in the contract.
NBA’s Stance and Clippers’ Reaction
The League clarified that the endorsement opportunity didn’t impact on DeAndre Jordan’s decision to re-sign for Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan eventually decided to stay back at Los Angeles after verbally committing to negotiate with the Dallas Mavericks.
“As we, and the basketball world observed, DJ ultimately chose to stay with the Clippers because he felt it was his best opportunity to win a championship, and because of his desire to remain part of the Clippers family,” Clippers’ new owner, Steve Ballmer, said as a reaction to NBA’s decision.
“We believed we were doing this the right way, and any circumvention was inadvertent,” Ballmer said, according to a letter obtained by Orange County Register. “In our effort to support our players in every way possible, we as an organization must be diligent in complying with the CBA.”
Charlotte Hornets‘ owner Michael Jordan also can’t decide which of his players will get the Michael Jordan-brand shoes under this rule. The franchise is aware of the anti-circumvention rule.