DeAndre Jordan was easily the most talked about player during this summer’s free agency, and even though his whole saga took place a month and a half ago, the NBA was still looking into his situation.
According to a report from NBA.com, the Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 for violating what the league calls its “anti-circumvention rules.” A press release from the league explained the fining:
“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’s anti-circumvention rules prohibit teams from, among other things, 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.”
It seems kind of odd, as you would think the involvement of potential endorsement opportunities have been talked about in the past from teams with other big-time free agents. Regardless, the league’s CBA expires in 2017, and this whole saga will definitely be explored.