So the league is reviewing Cuban's comments on Finley. Cuban was only trying to be nice, but under rigid NBA rules, it could be considered tampering...here's what Cuban, who said he was rooting for Finley to win the NBA title said in my column from Tuesday:
"I would hope that after his contract is over in San Antone, he would consider the Mavs as an option. I don't know that he would, but our entire organization has that much respect for him."
Seems pretty harmless, especially since Finley has another year left on his deal and the Mavs can't talk to him until after the 2007-08 season.
Anyway, that's pretty much how Cuban felt. Here's what Cuban says about it:
"It was just meant to be a compliment to Mike and to surprise people that I was rooting for the Spurs. We can't sign him for a while due to the amnesty provision, which to me meant tampering couldn't be an issue."
The league should have a decision in a day or two. They can fine him I suppose, but it's more than likely they'll let it blow over or make it a small fine.