NBA players fined by league for playing in UW alumni game
The NBA fined 76ers center Spencer Hawes, and several other University of Washington alumni, $15,000 each for playing in a UW alumni game before they are allowed to.
According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, players cannot play in public off-season games prior to July 1 or after September 15, without league approval, says Yahoo! Sports. Hawes, Memphis Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter and Tony Wroten, and Sacramento Kings Isaiah Thomas and possibly other UW alumni participated in the alumni game back on June 23, which was not NBA sanctioned.
The game was organized by UW coach Lorenzo Romar, according to Liberty Ballers. It was just an alumni game, at a normal arena, Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. These players just wanted to do something fun and nice over the summer that also keeps them in shape a bit, eight days before they were allowed to.
The fact that these players were fined for this game is interesting and possibly poses a necessary reassessment of what the NBA fines players for or allows. It also may cause other players to not play in such games in the future for fear of being fined.