Posted July 09, 2013

Report: Rockets fined $150,000 for Dwight Howard comments

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The Rockets were reportedly fined for commenting on Dwight Howard. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Rockets were reportedly fined for commenting on Dwight Howard. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA fined the Houston Rockets $150,000 for unauthorized comments about center Dwight Howard during the league’s free agency moratorium period, reports ESPN.com.

The moratorium is lifted on Wednesday, which is the day players can sign with teams. Howard verbally committed Friday to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Rockets. He passed up a five-year, $118 million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The report does not state what the Rockets were fined for, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made some comments on Twitter this past weekend and head coach Kevin McHale was quoted after securing Howard’s deal.

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The NBA restricts teams from commenting on pending deals until they become official July 10. The Rockets were also one of three teams to be fined by the league for tampering.


5 comments
Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

no big deal-that's chump change for the owner---he keeps that in his dresser drawer for walking around money

mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Maybe James Harden can teach him how to make a free throw.

Joe R2
Joe R2

"Years of work"?  Does this mean Diva-12 wanted to go to Houston since his Orlando days?  Hmmmm..... 

randallking
randallking

@Joe R2 i'm guessing the remark taps into the friendship between D12 and Chandler which has been on-going for years.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@Joe R2 The Rockets were one of the teams that Dwight had requested to be traded to originally.  He didn't really ever want to go to the Lakers.  Brooklyn was at the top of his list two years ago.