The Dallas Mavericks have been fined AU$1.2 million fine after controversially fielding a weakened team in their loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier this month, the NBA announced on Friday.
The NBA said the Mavericks abrupt decision to hold out five key players in a game they had to win in order to have a chance of reaching the postseason represented “conduct detrimental to the league”.
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“The Dallas Mavericks’ decision to restrict key players from fully participating in an elimination game last Friday against Chicago undermined the integrity of our sport,” said Joe Dumars, NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations.
“The Mavericks’ actions failed our fans and our league.”