Reports: NBA set to vote on raising tampering fines
NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the league’s plans told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided the league’s board of governors approves the measures Sept. 20. The league sent a memo to teams on Friday detailing the proposed fines, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not to be released publicly. The Athletic first reported the memo’s existence.
Players can also be fined up to $250,000 for entering into unauthorized deals.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan agreed to sell a large piece of the team to New Yorkbased investors Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim, the team said. The deal does not involve Jordan giving up majority ownership of the franchise, sources told The Charlotte Observer. Plotkin and Sundheim need to be approved by the NBA, and that process is underway, the Observer reported. The sale is expected to close quickly.
The Toronto Raptors unveiled a new line of team-branded hijabs as part of an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures. The organization was inspired to create the hijabs by a local Muslim women’s organization known as the Hijabi Ballers, who play basketball at a community court associated with the team.
Randall out for Browns: Cleveland starting safety Damarious Randall will miss Monday night’s game against the New York Jets. He practiced the past two days but reported to the team’s facility Saturday with concussion-like symptoms. He has been placed in the league’s protocol for head injuries.
The Browns also said defensive end Chris Smith returned to practice following the tragic death of his girlfriend, Petara Cordero. She was stuck by a car Wednesday morning while standing next to Smith’s vehicle after a tire malfunction.