Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been hit with a $100,000 fine by the NBA for comments about free-agent-to-be LeBron James that Cuban made in an interview that aired Thursday on a CNN website, a source said.
The NBA has let all executives and owners know in the past that fines up to $1 million can be levied for people who tamper with free agents before July 1, when they officially hit the open market.
In addition, the source said, Phoenix president Steve Kerr has been fined $10,000 for his comments about James.
Cuban said on the CNN interview: "Come July 1, yeah, of course. Anybody would be interested in LeBron James and if he leaves via free agency, then it's going to be tough. If he does like I'm guessing ... which is say 'I'm not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,' then he'll try to force a sign-and-trade and that gives us a chance.
"What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I've spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money's not an issue.''
As for Kerr's fine, it came after he said of James: "If he'll take mid-level, we'll give it to him. I think he'll take it. Don't you think?''