The Sacramento Kings are among three teams to be fined for tampering by the NBA, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. The other two teams are reportedly the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets.
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?