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NBA fines three teams for tampering: Hawks and Rockets; third team unknown

Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgit of USA Today Sports have learned that the NBA has fined three teams for violating the anti-tampering rule. One of them appears to be is the Atlanta Haws. Meanwhile, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the other team fined by the League seems to be is the Houston Rockets.

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Per Sam Amick's report:

Three NBA teams have been fined for tampering, according to an internal league memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

A person familiar with the fine said that one of the teams is the Atlanta Hawks. The person spoke on on the condition of anonymity because the fines haven't been made public.

The Atlanta Hawks sent a statement to USA TODAY Sports saying: "We fully understand and respect the NBA's decision."

The memo says the teams were fined because "The conduct at issue involved statements by a team employee to the media, a team email to prospective season ticket purchasers, and articles posted online on a team website, each related to players who are currently under contract to other teams but who will become free agents this summer."

That line refers to a recent letter sent by a Hawks employee to season ticket holders that mentioned Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Lakers center Dwight Howard as possible signees.

And this tweet from Marc Stein regarding the Houston Rockets:

Dan Feldman of NBC Sports believes that the third team fined by the League could be the Sacramento Kings because of Mike Malone's comment saying that Chris Paul would "look pretty good in a Sacramento Kings uniform."