Hawks’ Gearon fined $25K for tampering

Hawks owner Michael Gearon was fined $25,000 Thursday for making

comments that violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules.

The fine was announced by Joel Litvin, the president of league

and basketball operations, and was the third handed down in recent

days for violation of the rules.

Gearon was fined for comments that appeared in

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 19, when he said

he’d be willing to subject the team to the luxury tax if it could

sign Cleveland’s LeBron James to a maximum contract. Gearon also

discussed Miami’s Jermaine O’Neal and Cleveland’s Zydrunas

Ilgauskas in the interview.

Teams are not allowed to talk about players on other teams until

free agency opens July 1.

Dallas owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 on Saturday and

Phoenix Suns president Steve Kerr $10,000 for public comments they

made, both about James.