For the second time in a little over a month, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan found himself embroiled right in the middle of yet another controversy.
The NBA fined the Clippers a whopping $250,000 Tuesday because they violated the league’s rules which prohibit teams from offering players unauthorized investment or business opportunities. In this case, the player in question is Jordan.
According to the NBA, the Clippers made a presentation to Jordan on July 2 while he was a free agent that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the seven-year veteran from Texas A&M. That’s another way of indicating that the Clippers attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap in an effort to retain Jordan.
The NBA’s anti-circumvention rules prohibits teams from providing or arranging others to provide any compensation to players unless it is included in the player’s contract or is permitted under the collective bargaining agreement.
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Earlier last month, Jordan verbally agreed to leave the Clippers and sign a four-year, $84 million free agent contract with the Mavericks. But he eventually had a change of heart and – five days later -- decided to re-sign with the Clippers for $88 million over four years.
After the conclusion of its investigation, the NBA concluded that the Clippers’ (potential third-party endorsement) presentation to Jordan didn’t impact his decision to turn his back on the Mavericks and remain with the Clippers.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had no comment.
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