According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets have been fined $150,000 dollars by the NBA for essentially ‘tampering’, for a lack of better terms.
ESPN has learned Houston Rockets just fined $150,000 for unauthorized public comments on Dwight Howard while NBA’s annual moratorium ongoing
As the Rockets (along with the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks) learned earlier this offseason, the NBA does not take ‘tampering’ lightly as all three teams were fined for speaking of pending free agents (Chris Paul, Dwight Howard). Now, the Rockets who’ve publicly stated information about Howard coming to Houston are feeling the brunt of the largest tampering fine ever handed down.
That honor previously was owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who was fined $100,000 dollars in 2010.
It’s a price the Rockets will happily pay of course considering their acquisition of the former Los Angeles Lakers big man, but it certainly sends a message to teams for the upcoming 2014 free agency which is expected to be even crazier.