Rockets Fined $150K for Howard Comments
The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but it’ll cost them a bit more than they anticipated.
Sources with knowledge of the decision told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Rockets have been fined $150,000 by the NBA for unauthorized public comments made by team personnel about Howard during the league’s annual moratorium on player business.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale were both quoted extensively over the weekend after securing Howard’s verbal commitment. Teams are not allowed to publicly treat verbal agreements as done deals until the moratorium is lifted and contracts can be officially signed.