Last week we were under the suspicion that the Atlanta Hawks might be fined by the NBA for tampering after a letter was sent out to potential season ticket buyers and mentioned the names Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Today, according to the USA Today, we learned that the Hawks were one of three teams to be fined for tampering. The NBA sent out a league memo describing the reason for the fines without naming names or giving out the amount of the penalty. ESPN.com has been quoted to say that they believe that one of the other team may be the Houston Rockets.
The memo sent out by the NBA read, "The conduct at issue involved statements by a team employee to the media, a team e mail to prospective season ticket purchasers, and articles posted online on a team website, each related to players who are currently under contract to other teams but who will become free agents this summer." It is believed that the part about articles posted on a team website is referring to the Houston Rockets.
- In other Atlanta Hawks' news, Quin Snyder has been added to Coach Budenholzer's staff as an assistant coach.
- Former Atlanta Hawks' guard Mookie Blaylock has been released from the hospital and had to turn himself in to the police in Jonesboro, GA regarding the fatal head on collision. Blaylock also has a warrant for his arrest in Spalding County, GA for failure to appear in court regarding a DUI charge from March.
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