A league spokesman confirms the team and its personnel were fined $150,000 by the NBA for comments made about the All-Star center during the moratorium period.
Howard committed to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and join the Rockets on Friday, and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey gave an interview later that night with Comcast SportsNet Houston in which he talked about the recruitment and landing of him.
Coach Kevin McHale also discussed Howard over the weekend at the Orlando Summer League.
Though free agency opened July 1, deals can’t become official until today, after the 2013-14 salary cap is set. ESPN.com first reported the fine.
TRADE: The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Luc Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams can’t confirm moves until the new league year begins Wednesday, also said Milwaukee has the right to swap 2018 second-round picks.
“Just landed in Cameroon and got told I’ve been traded to Sacramento!!” Mbah a Moute wrote on his Twitter page.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward has emerged as a standout defender since he was drafted 37th overall out of UCLA by the Bucks in 2008. He has averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game in his career.
MAVERICKS: Free agent guard Devin Harris is headed back to his old club, nine years after starting his career with them as a high draft pick. Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki tweeted Tuesday that Harris was rejoining the Mavericks, who ended up with him at No. 5 overall in the 2004 draft in a deal that sent Antawn Jamison to Washington. Harris’ contract is reportedly for three years and $9 million.
The 30-year-old Harris averaged 9.9 points and 3.4 assists in Atlanta last season.