NBA fines Daryl Morey $50,000 for James Harden tweet

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Even congratulatory tweets among former coworkers apparently constitute tampering in the NBA.

The league announced Monday that it has fined Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule over a since-deleted social media post the former Houston Rockets GM made earlier this month regarding potential trade target James Harden.

On Dec. 20, Morey retweeted a Twitter memory of the one-year anniversary of Harden breaking the Rockets’ franchise record for assists. He deleted the post a few minutes later and informed the league it was an automated tweet from his account.

Still, with the Sixers among several teams in discussions with Houston for a possible trade involving the eight-time All-Star, the NBA decided the post constituted a tampering violation.

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