It took a few days, but the hammer finally dropped. As reported: “The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $100,000 Saturday for his recent comments about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. Cuban confirmed the fine through his Twitter account shortly before the league announced its punishment for Cuban’s remarks which violated the league’s anti-tampering rules. ‘For those of you who care about these things, NBA just fined me 100k for comments regarding another teams’ players,’ Cuban wrote. NBA rules prohibit team officials from commenting on potential free agents until the market opens on July 1…Earlier this week in a CNNMoney.com interview, Cuban was asked he if is interested in signing James. Cuban said he is hopeful that James will try to force a sign-and-trade, which would give the Mavericks an opportunity to acquire him.

“The league also fined Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations Steve Kerr $10,000 for comments he made regarding James on a radio show on May 14. Kerr joked that he would like to sign James for the mid-level exception, ‘About five-and-half million, I think he’ll take it. Don’t you think?’ Kerr said.”