May 27, 2010 / 7:21 PM / 9 years ago

Hawks owner fined for comments about LeBron

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Atlanta Hawks owner Michael Gearon became the latest person to be fined by the National Basketball Association for comments about LeBron James that violated the league’s anti-tampering rules.

Gearon was fined $25,000 for comments he made to an Atlanta newspaper about James, who is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers but due to become a free agent on July 1, the league said in a statement on Thursday.

NBA rules do not permit teams to talk about other teams’ players until free agency begins.

In his comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gearon said: “If somebody came to us tomorrow and said you can have LeBron for max money and it puts you in the luxury tax, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 and Phoenix Suns president Steve Kerr $10,000 for comments they made about James, the two-time league MVP.

Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue

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