The fines were handed out because the teams publicly discussed free agents such as Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
In fact, the Kings were given a slap on the wrist because newly-hired head coach Mike Malone told reporters that Paul would ”look pretty good in a Sacramento Kings uniform.”
Apparently, you can’t even say that.
The Kings sent a statement to USA Today, saying:
The Kings organization accepts the league’s decision regarding this matter, and regrets any infraction of the policy.
The Hawks’ actions were much more egregious, as a team employee sent a letter to season ticket holders mentioning their pursuit of Howard and Paul.
But in Sacramento, landing Paul as a free agent would be a far-fetched idea, as the Kings have little salary cap space and Paul has little reason to sign with a rebuilding franchise.
Therefore, Malone’s comments shouldn’t have been taken into too much context, and the league simply overreacted.
Besides, is there a single NBA coach out there who doesn’t think that Chris Paul would look good in their uniform?