NBA Threatens to Fine Players Over Exhibitions in the Philippines

Occasionally, current and former NBA stars will fly to the Philippines in search of a payday in the basketball-crazed nation. The League wants to control the finances around those exhibitions, and has warned several players about possible fines if they take part in non-sanctioned events in Manila this week. Per Yahoo!:

Several NBA stars, including James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said.


There were scheduled to be two days of exhibition events on Tuesday and Wednesday in Manila, but news reports out of Manila suggest that those events were canceled and ticket refunds were given to fans.


The NBA warned against violations that included “some kind of exhibition of basketball skills,” including shooting games and dunk contests, an NBPA memo said. […] In the memo, the Players Association informed player agents and players that the NBA “has taken the position that any such exhibition or competition is unallowable and is not approved for player participation under the [collective bargaining agreement], regardless of whether it is incorporated into a ‘clinic’ or other ‘benign-sounding activity.'”