August 25, 2015 / 7:39 PM / in 2 years

Clippers fined $250,000 for violating league rules

(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 by the National Basketball Association for violating NBA rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities.

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and head coach Doc Rivers watch game action during the 119-107 loss against the Houston Rockets during the second half in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to the NBA, 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 said in a statement on Tuesday.

Those rules prohibit teams from 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”, the NBA said.

Free agent center Jordan, the NBA’s rebounding leader for the past two seasons, backed out of a verbal commitment he made to the Dallas Mavericks earlier this year to re-sign with the Clippers on July 8 on a four-year deal worth $87.6 million.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Larry Fine

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