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NBA tampering fines hit Hawks, 2 other teams

NBA tampering fines are being levied on the Atlanta Hawks, who sent a letter to potential ticket buyers  promoting its chances of signing to superstar free agents. Two other NBA teams were also fined for tampering. 

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard talks to reporters in El Segundo, Calif. in April. The NBA has handed down tampering fines for the Atlanta Hawks and two other teams. The Hawks promoted the possibility of signing Howard and Clippers point guard Chris Paul in a letter to potential ticket buyers.

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The Atlanta Hawks and two other teams have been fined an undisclosed amount by the NBA for tampering.

A league spokesman says a memo was sent to teams informing them of the penalties, but didn't say which clubs were punished or provide the amount of the fines.

However, the Hawks say Monday they were one of them, saying that they "fully understand and respect the NBA's decision."

The team recently sent a letter to potential ticket-buyers promoting its chances of signing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, who will become free agents on July 1.

Teams are not allowed to discuss their interest in players who are under contract to other teams.


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