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Report: NBA Fines Lakers $50,000 for Magic Johnson’s Comments on Giannis Antetokounmpo

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday were fined $50,000 by the NBA for another violation of the league’s anti-tampering rule after team president Magic Johnson recently praised Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

This is the second time the NBA has fined the Lakers over tampering issues. The team had to pay $500,000 in August after the NBA said an investigation produced evidence of contact between general manager Rob Pelinka and Paul George’s agent after a previous warning about tampering.

Johnson recently praised Antetokounmpo’s play in an ESPN interview, saying he’d someday lead the Bucks to a championship. A source told ESPN that the fine Tuesday was for the comments made in that interview.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Sources: Pacers Interested in Gordon Hayward

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Something to keep an eye on once we find out when NBA teams can start making trades: some within the Pacers organization continue to have interest in trading for Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, per SNY sources.

It’s unknown what Boston would want in return for Hayward — or if the club is even open to moving him.

In an NBC Sports podcast in June, the Indianapolis Star noted that Hayward would be a player of interest for the Pacers in the offseason.

Hayward, who starred at Butler, can become a free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal, worth roughly $34 million. It’s hard to see Hayward opting out of his deal without the assurance of a long-term extension in place.

Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv

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Sources: Warriors Work Out Deni Avdija

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Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization worked out Maccabi Tel Aviv prospect Deni Avdija on Thursday morning in Atlanta, according to sources. By all accounts, it was a positive get together, one in which the 19-year-old Israeli impressed observers. Not only did Avdija perform well in the workouts, but Warriors officials were blown away after meeting with him. The universal takeaway was that he’s a “great kid” with an immense work ethic.

Source: Ethan Strauss of The Athletic

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Sources: NBA Focusing on Martin Luther King Day for Start of 2020-21 Regular Season

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The NBA is focusing on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18) for a start date next season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.\

Source: Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports

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