NBA Fines Clippers $250,000 for DeAndre Jordan Pitch

NBA Fines Clippers $250,000 for DeAndre Jordan Pitch

League found July 2 presentation included illegal third-party endorsement opportunity.

Published August 26, 2015

The DeAndre Jordan debacle of earlier this summer will go down as one of the most notorious free-agency deals of all time.

Although the center originally gave his verbal commitment to the Dallas Mavericks on a four-year, $80 million max deal, he reneged and opted to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers for four years and $88 million six days later. While the Clippers got their man, it will cost them.

On Tuesday, the NBA fined the Clippers $250,000 after an investigation revealed that they violated league rules in their last-minute sales pitch to Jordan. According to ESPN, the Clippers' July 2 pitch to Jordan included an illegal potential third-party endorsement opportunity. The NBA strictly prohibits teams from arranging for others to provide compensation to players unless it's via a contract or permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

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"We believed we were doing this the right way, and any circumvention was inadvertent," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a letter obtained by the Orange County Register. "In our effort to support our players in every way possible, we as an organization must be diligent in complying with the CBA. As we, and the basketball world observed, DJ ultimately chose to stay with the Clippers because he felt it was his best opportunity to win a championship and because of his desire to remain part of the Clippers family."

The league's rules extend to Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan not being able to decide which NBA players get Jordan-brand shoe endorsements.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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