Mavs’ Cuban Fined for Publicly Showing Interest on LeBron

More than a month before LeBron James makes his decision to stay or leave Cleveland official, teams are already forking out some cash. The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Saturday after signifying his desire to get James. However, as expected, Cuban got a slap on the wrist, paying only $100,000 for saying in an interview with CNNMoney.com that the best way for him to get James was through a sign-and-trade deal. NBA president of league and basketball operations Joel Litvin said Cuban’s statement violated the league’s anti-tampering rules, which prohibit teams from talking about possible free agents before July 1.

Cuban did not oppose the fine, the second imposed by the league on a team executive about the James issue, saying on Twitter that: “For those of you who care about these things…NBA just fined me 100k for comments regarding another teams’ players.”

Earlier, Phoenix Suns executive Steve Kerr paid $10,000 after jokingly saying that his team would willingly take LeBron if the league MVP accepts a mid-level salary.