The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 by the NBA after violating the league’s policy while trying to re-sign center DeAndre Jordan last month. A recent investigation found that the Clippers violated a league-wide rule during a presentation to Jordan prior to his negotiations with the Dallas Mavericks.
The fine did not come due to the back-and-forth debacle between Jordan, the Mavericks, and the Clippers.
NBA has fined Clippers $250k for league violations while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan. http://t.co/FrzeVbPs7k
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 25, 2015
The league announced Tuesday that a presentation the Clippers had made to Jordan on July 2, only the second day of free agency, “improperly included a third-party opportunity.” According to a report by ESPN, league rules restrict teams from arranging for third parties to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement. A contract must already be signed in order for an endorsement deal or other third party implementation to be discussed.
On the verge of signing a contract with the Mavericks, Jordan opted to return to the Clippers on a four-year max deal worth $88 million. The eventual contract with Los Angeles was worth $8 million more than the original offer from Dallas.
The 27-year-old Jordan averaged 11.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game for the Clippers last season.