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Clippers Fined $250,000 For Violating League Policy With DeAndre Jordan

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.

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.

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